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ERIC Number: ED530279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 229
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 191
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Quantitative Assessment of Skills and Competencies in Graduates of At-Risk High Schools
Williams, Charles Jerry, Jr.
Online Submission, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The willingness to work and a high school diploma were once all that was needed to start one's career. The problem is that on the twentieth anniversary of the reports by the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), high school graduates may still lack what business and education leaders require for success in entry-level employment or post-secondary studies. The research question included understanding how prepared graduates from at-risk high schools are for post-secondary work or study. The study used a Likert-scaled survey to assess participant work readiness in 36 skill or competency areas. The sample consisted of recent graduates from three at-risk high schools in one school district. Graduate responses to the survey indicated that 64% were not work ready. Statistically, results were consistent with the SCANS report that indicated that 51% of all American high school graduates were underprepared. Pearson correlations were detected between the graduates' level of academic study (i.e., special education, tech-prep, college-prep, or honors) and work-readiness, and between pre-graduation work-experience and work-readiness. Implications for positive social change include improved graduate work readiness. The following are appended: (1) Work-Readiness Assessment Instrument; (2) WAI Scoring Guides (Old Version and New Version); (3) Letter of Invitation and Informed Consent; (4) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Certificate; (5) Reminder Postcard; (6) Sample Results from the Online WAI [Work-Readiness Assessment Instrument] Survey; (7) Justification Provided on the WAI; and (8) Wr-scores [work-readiness scores] and b-scores [bias self-evaluation scores]. (Contains 16 tables.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina