ERIC Number: ED483151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
National Assessment of Vocational Education Final: Report to Congress. Executive Summary.
Silverberg, Marsha; Warner, Elizabeth; Fong, Michael; Goodwin, David
US Department of Education
The National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE) was charged with evaluating the status of vocational education and the impact of Perkins III. After more than 3 years of study NAVE finds that: (1) Vocational education has important short- and medium-run earning benefits for most students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, and these benefits extend to those who are economically disadvantaged; (2) Over the last decade of academic reforms, secondary students who participate in vocational programs have increased their academic course taking and achievement, making them better prepared for both college and careers than were their peers in the past. In fact, students who take both a strong academic curriculum and a vocational program of study--still only 13% of high school graduates--may have better outcomes than those who pursue one or the other; and (3) While positive change is certainly happening at the high school level, secondary vocational education itself is not likely to be a widely effective strategy for improving academic achievement or college attendance without substantial modifications to policy, curriculum, and teacher training. The current legislative approach of encouraging ?integration? as a way to move secondary vocational education toward supporting academics has been slow to produce significant reforms.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, College Attendance, Federal Legislation, Program Evaluation, Educational Benefits, Outcomes of Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary, Policy and Programs Study Service.