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ERIC Number: EJ909575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Assessing Students' Technical Skill Attainment
Jorgensen, Haley
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v85 n5 p30-32 May 2010
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) is working to comply with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins) to ensure that its graduates have mastered the technical skills needed by business and industry. The legislation requires that each state identify and approve program assessment strategies used by any Perkins-funded postsecondary institution. As an eligible recipient of Perkins funding, WTCS will comply with the Act by using direct measures of technical skill attainment for program graduates within the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges. These direct measures, which provide evidence that students have achieved intended outcomes or skills, may include third-party exams, performances, portfolios, rubrics, capstone projects, internship evaluations, and clinical evaluations, among others. The 16 WTCS technical colleges are pooling resources, sharing ideas and working together to create "Technical Skill Attainment" (TSA) assessment rubrics for programs that cannot appropriately measure student skill attainment by third-party assessments. WTCS colleges that sponsor unique programs are also developing TSA assessments. Through the implementation of TSA assessments that measure whether students are meeting program outcomes and industry standards, the WTCS is ensuring that its graduates leave its institutions armed with the skills coveted by employers.
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin