ERIC Number: ED467912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Improving State Accountability Systems for Postsecondary Vocational Education.
Sheets, Robert G.
This paper makes recommendations for developing the next generation of state accountability systems for postsecondary vocational education (PVE). It focuses on the need to improve the core indicators for PVE; reduce the burden and improve the value of Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1998 (Perkins III) accountability requirements; and integrate future federal VE measures into a comprehensive institution-centered framework that integrates PVE and workforce development performance indicators. First, the paper summarizes major trends in the postsecondary accountability environment at national and state levels and presents how community and technical colleges are responding by creating performance indicator frameworks. Second, it reviews the major accomplishments and remaining problems and issues in the Perkins III effort and makes recommendations on how to build from these efforts. Third, the paper makes recommendations on developing and supporting core indicators for PVE and how they can be incorporated into broader institution-centered accountability systems for managing performance improvement. Finally, the paper makes recommendations for the federal role in accountability and how the Office of Vocational and Adult Education can play a catalyst role in improving state and institutional accountability systems for postsecondary education, including VE. (Contains 21 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Labor Force Development, Performance Based Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Predictor Variables, Program Improvement, State Programs, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
For full text (MS Word): http://www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/HS/sheets0408.doc.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act 1998