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

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

National Programs (Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act) and America's Career Resource Network

Goal 8: Increase access to and improve education programs that strengthen educational achievement, workforce preparation, and lifelong learning.
Objective 1 of 3: INCREASE THE USE OF RESEARCH FINDINGS TO INFORM PROGRAM DIRECTION AND TO IMPROVE STATE AND LOCAL PRACTICE.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Disseminate quality research: By 2002, increasing numbers of customers will be using the products and services of the National Centers for Research and Dissemination in Career and Technical Education.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Customers receiving electronic or print materials or information from the Centers
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Electronic Print Total
Total
2000
273,546 273,546  
 
2001
1,569,999 131,254 1,701,253
300,000
2002
     
350,000
Status: Baseline established; progress toward future targets likely.

Explanation: Actual performance for 2001 includes only information disseminated through the Center's web site since studies begun under the current Center will not yield publishable results in print form until 2001. Progress has been substantial given the Department's increased emphasis on disseminating high quality research products and related services through the newly funded National Research Centers. Compared to the previously-funded center that provided only one-third of its funds to dissemination. 
Additional Source Information: National Centers Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.


Limitations: The number of customers does not represent an unduplicated count of individuals receiving information through the Centers.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Promote quality research: By 2002, the percentage of customers who are "very satisfied" with products and services received from the National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education will be at least 85 percent.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Customers responding to a customer satisfaction survey indicated that they were "very satisfied" with the products and services received from the Centers
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percent of customers
Percent of customers
2001
85
85
2002
 
85
Status: Target met.

 
Source: Other Survey/Research
Survey/Research Report Title: Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: Unknown 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.


 

Objective 2 of 3: IMPROVE AND EXPAND THE USE OF EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES THAT PROMOTE SECONDARY AND POSTSECONDARY REFORMS.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 3: Identify New American High Schools: By 2002, increasing numbers of high schools will receive Department recognition for implementing New American High School strategies that combine career and academic preparation--often in smaller learning environments--to prepare all students for college and careers.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of schools having received Department recognition for fully adopting New American High School strategies.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of schools
Number of schools
1996
10
 
1998
17
 
1999
30
100
2000
59
150
2001
65
75
Status: Positive movement toward target. No new performance targets to be developed as action has been discontinued.

Explanation: Although progress was made, the 2001 performance target was not met. This is due to the fact that fewer schools than originally anticipated have undertaken the breadth and depth of educational reforms required for classification as a New American High School.
Additional Source Information: New American High School Application Tracking Document.

Frequency: Annually.
Data Available: December 2002.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Data collection processes were developed before the Education Department standards for evaluating the quality of program performance data were developed.

 
Indicator 8.2.2 of 3: Promote New American High School strategies: By 2002, increasing numbers of high schools will be working toward implementing New American High School strategies. Implementation is defined as a working with a high school network to implement one or more New American High School strategies.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of schools working with three high school reform networks
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
1,500
 
2000
1,077
2,000
Status: Unable to judge. Activity Discontinued.

Explanation: No new performance targets to be developed as action has been discontinued.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee Reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data collection processes were developed before the Education Department standards for evaluating the quality of program performance data were developed.

 
Indicator 8.2.3 of 3: Promote professional development: By 2002, increasing numbers of prospective and current teachers will be trained to teach academic and technical coursework in the context of real-life applications and careers (hereafter referred to as contextual teaching and learning approaches).
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of prospective and current teachers trained to implement contextual teaching and learning approaches through seven funded university-based networks
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of teachers
Number of teachers
1999
750
 
2000
4,513
1,800
2001
5,212
3,000
Status: Target exceeded.

Explanation: Higher than anticipated progress in 2000 was due to the Department's emphasis on teacher preparation, use of university-based networks to train teachers in contextual teaching and learning approaches, and a series of national summits and conferences held to support those networks. Performance targets for 2001 are based on continued high expectations for performance of the networks, yet adjusted for the nine-month period that remains before termination of these grants on September 30, 2001.    
Additional Source Information: Contractor Progress Reports from 7 projects (1998-2001).

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees, no other verification.

Limitations: Numbers of teachers are a duplicated count and, therefore, cannot provide a cumulative number of teachers trained since inception of the initiative.

 

Objective 3 of 3: INCREASE ACCESS TO AND IMPROVE CAREER AND ACADEMIC GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 1: Provide quality resources: By 2002, increasing numbers of customers will receive technical assistance by their states on the availability and use of America's Career Resource Network career development resources, and increasing numbers of career development products will be disseminated to customers through America's Career Resource Network.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of customers receiving technical assistance and number of products disseminated to customers (students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and others) through America's Career Resource Network.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of Products Number of Products
Number of Products Number of Products
2001
25,910 8,500,000
20,000 800,000
2002
   
30,000  
Status: Target exceeded.

 
Additional Source Information: America's Career Resource Network Annual Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: Unknown 2002.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by states on an OMB-approved report form. No other verification applied

Limitations: The number of products is a duplicated count; that is, it accounts for multiple copies of the same product being disseminated to one or more customers.

 

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