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A proposed strategy for the National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE) uses school-wide data to identify secondary schools where students' academic achievement has been improving at a relatively fast rate and those where it has not. Schools with the most involvement in vocational education can be selected from the two groups. These two sets of schools can then be compared in depth to describe how vocational education is being used. The in-depth study can supplement measures of academic achievement with other measures of student attainment. Results would answer whether secondary schools where student academic achievement is improving at a relatively rapid rate organize and deliver vocational education differently than do schools where student achievement is not improving as fast and whether they have higher levels of student attainment in work-related knowledge and skill. Possible sources of data for identifying schools are accountability systems developed in various states to monitor school improvement and networks. On-site observations and interviews would describe how vocational education fits into the school's curriculum and organization and document teaching methods in vocational and non-vocational courses. This qualitative information would be used to learn what may be distinctive about vocational education in schools where achievement is increasing at a rapid rate. Quantitative data can be used to estimate how changes in student achievement are related to prior changes in school practices. (YLB)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Effective Schools Research, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education

For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OUS/eval/NAVE/stern.pdf.









Author: Stern, David

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8519&id=ED443965



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