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Austin, James T.; Mahlman, Robert A. – 2002
The topic of high-stakes testing (HST) is important because HST has direct and indirect effects on career-technical education (CTE) programs and timely because HST increasingly enters public discussion and has produced a large body of research and practice that generalizes to CTE. A review of HST has identified two persisting dilemmas: policy and…
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Education, Educational Research, High Stakes Tests
Mahlman, Robert A.; Austin, James T. – 2002
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…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Role, Competency Based Education, Compliance (Legal)
Austin, James T.; Mahlman, Robert A. – 2000
The process of assessment in career and technical education (CTE) is changing significantly under the influence of forces such as emphasis on assessment for individual and program accountability; emphasis on the investigation of consequences of assessment; emergence of item response theory, which supports computer adaptive testing; and pressure…
Descriptors: Career Education, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education
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Austin, James T.; Mahlman, Robert A. – Journal of Career and Technical Education, 2000
Administrative office technology assessments were delivered via the Internet to 141 vocational students. Compared to 61 who took a paper test, scores for the Internet group were significantly higher; 62% preferred the Internet format. There were few problems with accessing, downloading, taking, and submitting the test. (SK)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Internet, Office Automation, Pilot Projects