ERIC Number: ED470276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Columbus, Ohio Public School Career Centers. PLATO Evaluation Series. Preliminary Analysis.
Snyder, Pam; Gohringer, Karen
The Columbus, Ohio Public Schools operate four vocational career centers: Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center (MHEC), Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast Career Centers. These Centers offer vocational curricula, while maintaining academic standards similar to the learners home schools. However, Fort Hayes MEC also has the distinction of being an accredited high school as well as a career center, and students spend the entire day there. The other three centers have learners on a half day basis. As is consistent with state policy, all centers use three of the ACT Work Keys tests as entry and exit examinations. Each Center uses the PLATO (registered) Learning System aligned for Work Keys. The PLATO program includes a number of courses from the PLATO Work Skills curriculum and the PLATO core skills curriculum. An evaluation of the PLATO programs used shows that the results over two academic years exceeded statewide results consistently and by a wide margin. While the percentage of learners gaining at least one level statewide actually declined from 1995 to 1997, the Career Centers Program saw between 23% and 46% of its learners advance by at least one level. More detailed analyses at the Fort Hayes MEC were even more impressive. Results were thus greater in a PLATO-only laboratory with the most intensive pattern of use than in labs using a combination of instructional software than included PLATO. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.