ERIC Number: ED480307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Credentialing Systems: Implications for Career-Technical Educators.
Mahlman, Robert A.; Austin, James T.
Career-technical educators face three issues in credentialing through assessment. First, the occupational credentialing domain is large and evolving, and a clear understanding of it is a prerequisite to considering adoption of a credential. Three types of credentialing are registration, certification, and licensure. Credentialing organizations are categorized by their mission (government regulatory board, trade association, vendor-specific, National Skills Standards Board). Oversight organizations are professional organizations that disseminate information and provide voluntary oversight by evaluating credentialing systems. Second, a set of clear, comprehensive standards is needed to define credential quality and credibility. Proposed evaluative criteria/standards to select assessment-credentialing are marketability, recognition, alignment to curriculum, quality of input standards, quality of assessments, and usability for career-technical education (CTE) setting. Third, CTE policymakers and educators need a rational, efficient process to evaluate credential systems and associated assessments against a set of standards. The following nine steps are the process: (1) define purposes and uses of occupational credentialing systems; (2) set evaluation criteria; (3) identify credentialing systems and evaluate preliminary link to programs; (4) conduct initial screening; (5) determine quality of input standards; (6) determine quality of credentialing assessments; (7) conduct final linkage to curriculum; (8) determine marketability and recognition; and (9) develop data collection procedures. (Contains a 53-item bibliography.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Role, Competency Based Education, Compliance (Legal), Credentials, Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Criteria, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Occupational Tests, Personnel Selection, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Secondary Education, Selection Tools, Standard Setting, Standards, Student Certification, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.cete.org/wpapers/pdfdocs/Evaluating_Credentialing_Syst ems_for_CTE.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Skill Standards Board (DOL/ETA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.