U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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Training Program

Goal 8: To Provide the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) sector with well-trained staff and to maintain and upgrade the skills of current staff.
Objective 1 of 2: To provide graduates who work within the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system to help individuals with disabilities achieve their goals.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Numbers trained: The number of students supported by RSA scholarships and the number of RSA scholars graduating will remain stable per constant $1 million invested.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Scholars supported
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
1,600
 
1998
1,550
 
1999
1,665
1,473
2000
1,400
1,391

Scholars supported per $1 million
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
101
 
1998
96
 
1999
94
93
2000
92
90

Scholars graduating
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
800
 
1998
817
 
1999
832
729
2000
700
688

Scholars graduating per $1 million
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
50
 
1998
50.50
 
1999
47
47
2000
46
46
2001
 
44

Investment (in thousands)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
15,835
 
1998
16,181
 
1999
16,933
14,585
2000
13,874
13,771
Status: Target exceeded.

Explanation: To date, we have baseline data and 1997-1998 data. The 1998-1999 data are based upon a better data gathering instrument and a higher return of "usable" forms. 1999-2000 and 2000-2001data are based upon these same instruments.  
Additional Source Information: Annual grantee reporting from Baseline data collected for academic year 1997-1998.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees. No formal verification procedure applied.

Limitations: We are using a new reporting system, which is being refined. Second year submission (1998-1999) is much improved. We are collecting web-based data entry for the 2000-2001 submissions. Data reported are preliminary until the data system is complete and verified. An update of 2000-2001 data will be provided at a later date.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Percentage working: The percentage of graduates fulfilling their payback requirements through acceptable employment will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
87
 
1999
87
 
2000
89
89
2001
90
90
Status: Target met.

Explanation: To date, we have baseline data (1997-1998) and 1998-99 data. 1999-2000 data are reported by grantees in January 2001 and will be available in April 2001.  
Additional Source Information: Annual grantee reporting form. Baseline data collected for academic year 1997-98. Updated data collected for 1998-99.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees. No formal verification procedure applied.

Limitations: We are using a new reporting system, which is being refined. Same as indicator 1.1

 

Objective 2 of 2: MAINTAIN AND UPGRADE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF PERSONNEL CURRENTLY EMPLOYED IN THE PUBLIC VR SYSTEM.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Qualified personnel: The percent of currently employed VR state agency counselors who meet their State's Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) standard will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
69
 
2001
 
70
2002
 
75
Status: Unable to judge. FY 2000 Performance figure is based on self report survey conducted by Council of State Administration of vocational rehabilitation.

Explanation: In FY 2000, RSA began an evaluation of the Training program that will collect data on each state's CSPD current standard and the number of staff that meet that standard. Many external factors could affect the ongoing collection of data for this indicator. Preliminary data suggest approximately 60% of the current counselors meet the state standard. An actual figure is expected in mid-2001.  
Additional Source Information: Annual Evaluation. Ongoing collection could be through the In-Service Training program's annual performance report.

Frequency: Other.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data would be supplied through external RSA contractor. No formal verification procedure applied.

Limitations: Numerous external factors may pose limits to current collection and ongoing collection. Future data source, In-Service Program's annual performance report.

 

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