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A national study examined the system of performance measures and standards that had been approved in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands in response to the 1990 Perkins Act. Descriptive survey and content analysis research methods were used to develop summary sheets categorizing the types of performance measures approved by each state/territory and the methods adopted to assess performance. The numbers of performance measures approved for secondary and postsecondary vocational education averaged 10 and 8, respectively. Most states (30) had developed a single set of measures to assess both basic and advanced academic skills at the secondary level. Other areas in which performance measures had been approved included the following: competency attainment, work skill attainment, program completion, high school graduation, placement, percentage served, and gender mix. In nearly every state, systems of core standards and measures of performance for secondary and postsecondary education had been developed and implemented in line with the requirements of the 1990 Perkins Act; however, the standards, performance measures, and types of assessment techniques approved by each state varied greatly from state to state. (Contains 13 tables, 26 references.) (MN)

Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, National Surveys, Performance Tests, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, State Programs, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Validated Programs, Vocational Education

Author: McCaslin, N. L.; Headley, W. Scot

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10810&id=ED360474


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