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ERIC Number: ED483144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 221
Abstractor: ERIC
Efforts to Improve the Quality of Vocational Education in Secondary Schools: Impact of Federal and State Policies
Stasz, Cathleen; Bodilly, Susan
RAND Corporation
The National Assessment of Vocational Education -- a congressionally-mandated study -- is charged with evaluating the impact of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998, known as Perkins III, and preparing a report to Congress by July 2002. As part of that effort, the National Assessment of Vocational Education commissioned the Survey Research Group (RAND) to conduct a study to assess the quality of vocational education in the United States. The purpose of the study is twofold. It will provide evidence on the extent to which actual practice is consistent with legislative and other views of what constitutes "quality" practice in secondary vocational education. It also will provide evidence regarding how policies made at different levels of the education system enhance or impede implementation of quality practice. RAND's findings as described in this report provide some of the information the National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE) needs to evaluate the impact of the Perkins Act and prepare its report to Congress. The database for the study was developed in 2001 and included case-study analysis and analysis of a national teacher survey. The case-study sample included seven states -- California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas -- and four districts and schools within each state. The survey was administered to vocational and academic teachers in a nationally representative sample of comprehensive high schools and vocational schools. The following are appended: (1) Selection of States and Schools; (2) Survey Sample Design; (3) Efforts to Improve Quality -- Summary Tables and Analysis of "High-Performing" and "Low-Performing" Schools; and (4) Teacher Survey Tables. (Contains 47 tables.)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Corp., Arlington, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A