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Perkins Vocational and Technology Education (State Grants and Tech-Prep Indicators) - 2002

CFDA Numbers: 84.048 - Vocational Education_Basic Grants to States
84.243 - Tech-Prep Education


Goal 8: To increase access to and improve educational programs that strengthen education achievement, workforce preparation and lifelong learning.
Objective 8.1 of 3: Ensure that vocational concentrators, including special populations, will achieve state established academic standards.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 1: Academic Attainment: An increasing percentage of vocational concentrators, including special populations, will meet the core curriculum standards.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of vocational concentrators meeting core curriculum standards
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of vocational concentrators
Percentage of vocational concentrators
1998
33
 
1999
45
 
2000
44
 
2001
70
55
2002
 
72
Status: Unable to judge

Progress: 1999-2000 school year data were collected as part of the negotiation process with the states to establish a baseline and agreed-upon peformance targets. The 2000-2001 school year data are the first year of performance data and will be used as the basis for determining eligibility for incentive grants.

Explanation: Performance reporting has shifted to a reliance on state accountability reports, as specified in the 1998 Perkins Act. Data for 1997-98 came from a small pilot study testing the new provisions. States began using new measurement approaches negotiated with ED in 1999-2000 to report for 2000-01. While states use different strategies for measuring academic attainment, they all use students (concentrators) as the unit of analysis and identify the percentage of students meeting state established standards. Performance data developed by states is reported to OVAE 90 days after termination of the grant, i.e., the 2002 data are reported by December 31, 2002. Attestation of data is completed within the following 90 days of States' submissions. Data for the 2002 program year will be available for the public on or after March 31. Some dates were incorrect on the previous report.  
Source: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1830-0503 Vocational Technical Education Annual Performance and Financial Reports.
Program: Perkins Vocational and Technology Education .

Additional Source Information: National Data Bases

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: March 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data quality continues to be a major component of the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) begun last year. A new verification and attestation process was implemented to improve the accuracy of the performance data. OVAE verified data by internal electronic consistency via instrumentation checks, expert staff analysis, and requiring double check and attestation of data by state directors. State data is also checked independently by ED/OVAE during onsite monitoring and State audit reviews.

Limitations: There is a substantial lag each year before performance data can be reported. Although state data is collected annually, local data are not received by the states until 4-6 months after completion of the school year. States participated in both a self-evaluation and peer review of their measures, definitions, data collection and reporting with assistance and training by OVAE by using data quality criteria, peer review process, ongoing technical assistance on strategies to improve measurement. The numbers provided in Actual Performance and Performance Targets do not represent a national average nor the results of any single national assessment, rather a composite of the diversity of the states, their measures, measurement approaches and definitions that vary from state to state. Significant latitude was given states in the identification and development of baseline data for each of the Core Indicators and thus variability in results.

Improvements: ED will work with states through the D/PQI to streamline data collection and verification and promote greater consistency in measurement and reporting approaches.

 

Objective 8.2 of 3: Ensure that institutions, secondary and postsecondary, will offer programs with industry-recognized skill standards so that concentrators, including special populations, can earn skill certificates in these programs.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Skills proficiencies: An increasing proportion of secondary and postsecondary institutions will offer programs in which vocational students can earn industry-recognized skill certificates. (Program measures to be reassessed in 2000 to reflect new law.)
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of secondary vocational concentrators meeting state-established academic standards, using state adopted approaches.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
National or State Assessment Program Completion Other Approaches
National or State Assessment Program Completion Other Approaches
1998
61.33    
     
1999
63.40 29.80 84.10
     

Percentage of secondary vocational concentrators meeting state-established academic standards, using state adopted approaches
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
39
 
2001
61
 
2002
 
63

Percentage of postsecondary vocational concentrators meeting state/locally-adopted skill standards, using state recognized approaches
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
State Assessment Completion Other
State Assessment Completion Other
1998
59.30 87.30 65.10
     
1999
73.90 76.70 62.60
     

Percentage of postsecondary vocational concentrators meeting state/ locally-adopted skill standards, using state recognized approaches
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
76
 
2001
76
 
2002
 
76
Status: Unable to judge

Progress: 1999-2000 school year data were collected as part of the negotiation process with the states to establish a baseline and agreed-upon performance targets. The 2000-01 school year data are the first year performance data and were used as the basis for determining eligibility for incentive grants.

Explanation: Performance reporting has shifted to a reliance on state accountability reports, as specified in the 1998 Perkins Act. Data for 1998 came from a small pilot study testing the new provisions. Data for 1999 were transitional, with states using data sources and approaches that existed before the 1998 law. States began using new measurement approaches negotiated with the Education Department to report for 2000. Performance data developed by states is reported to OVAE 90 days after termination of the grant, i.e., the 2002 data is reported by December 31, 2002. Attestation of data is completed within the following 90 days of States' submissions. Data for the 2002 program year will be available for the public on or after March 31. Data for 1998 and 1999 have been revised and updated since the previous report. States can update and revise their performance information when more data become available.  
Source: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1830-0503 Vocational Technical Education Annual Performance and Financial Reports.
Program: Perkins Vocational and Technology Education .

Additional Source Information: National Skills Data Bases

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: March 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data quality continues to be a major component of the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) begun last year. A new verification and attestation process was implemented to improve the accuracy of the performance data. OVAE verified data by internal electronic consistency via instrumentation checks, expert staff analysis, and requiring double check and attestation of data by State directors. State data are also checked independently by ED/OVAE during onsite monitoring and state audit reviews.

Limitations: There is a substantial lag each year before performance data can be reported. Although state data is collected annually, local data are not received by the states until 4 to 6 months after completion of the school year. The Education Department will work with states through the DQI to streamline data collection and verification and to promote greater consistency in measurement and reporting approaches. The numbers provided in Actual Performance and Performance Targets do not represent a national average nor the results of any single national assessment. Rather a composite of the diversity of the states, their measures, measurement approaches and definitions that vary from state to state. Significant latitude was given states in the identification and development of baseline data for each of the Core Indicators and thus variability in results.

 

Objective 8.3 of 3: Ensure that concentrators, including special populations, make transitions to continuing education, work or other career options.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 2: Secondary student outcomes: An increasing proportion of vocational concentrators, including special populations, will attain high school diplomas, enter postsecondary programs, or attain employment.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of vocational concentrators who have completed high school and transitioned to postsecondary education or employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
High School Completion Placement in Postsecondary Education and or/ Employment Adm. Record Exchange Placement in Postsecondary Education and/or Employment Survey
High School Completion Placement in Postsecondary Education and or/ Employment Adm. Record Exchange Placement in Postsecondary Education and/or Employment Survey
1998
83.80 62.50 80
     
1999
77.40 72.70 82.20
     

Percentage of vocational concentrators who have completed high school and transitioned to postsecondary education or employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
High School Completion Placement in Postsecondary Education and/or Employment
High School Completion Placement in Postsecondary Education and/or Employment
2000
80 79
   
2001
84 84
   
2002
   
84 84
Status: Unable to judge

Progress: 1999-2000 school data were collected as part of the negotiation process with the states to establish a baseline and agreed-upon performance targets. The 2000-01 school year data are the first year of performance data and will be used as the basis for determining eligibility for incentive grants.

Explanation: Performance reporting is shifting to a reliance on state accountability reports, as specified in the 1998 Perkins Act. Data for 1997-98 came from a small pilot study testing the new provisions. Data for 1998-99 are transitional, with states using data sources and approaches that existed before the 1998 law. Data collected for 1999-2000 will be the first year the data will be reported based on the Education Department-negotiated measures. Performance data developed by States is reported to OVAE 90 days after termination of the grant, i.e., the 2002 data will be reported by December 31, 2002. Attestation of data is completed within the following 90 days of States' submissions. Data for the 2002 program year will be available for the public on or after March 31.  
Source: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1810-0503 Annual Performance Reporting Format for OIE Formula Grants to LEAs.

Additional Source Information: National Data Bases

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: March 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Attestation and Audit -- Data quality continues to be a major component of the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) begun last year. A new verification and attestation process was implemented to improve the accuracy of the performance data. OVAE verified data by internal electronic consistency via instrumentation checks, expert staff analysis, and requiring double check and attestation of data by State directors. State data is also checked independently by ED/OVAE during onsite monitoring and State audit reviews.

Limitations: There is a substantial lag each year before performance data can be reported. In addition, states collect placement data from 6 months to 1 year after the school year resulting in a further lag in data reporting. Limited access to federal data bases (e.g. military/defense) and issues related to FERPA and use of social security numbers is also a great barrier to both accurate reporting and completeness of data. The numbers provided in Actual Performance and Performance Targets do not represent a national average nor the results of any single national assessment. Rather a composite of the diversity of the states, their measures, measurement approaches and definitions that vary from state to state. Significant latitude was given states in the identification and development of baseline data for each of the Core Indicators and thus variability in results.

Improvements: Ongoing technical assistance is being provided through the DQI to address these challenges. These include but are not limited to in-state cooperative agreements and national resources such as the Peer Collaborative Resource Network(PCRN) for sharing of methods, techniques, and research.

 
Indicator 8.3.2 of 2: Postsecondary student outcomes: Increasing proportions of postsecondary vocational students, including special populations, will have a positive placement in one or more of the following categories of outcomes: retention in and completion of a postsecondary degree or certificate, placement in military service, or placement or retention in employment.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of postsecondary vocational concentrators who have completed postsecondary education and have a positive placement in military or employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Postsecondary Degree/Certificate Completion Administrative Data Placement in Military or Employment Adm. Record Exchange Placement in Military or Employment Survey
Postsecondary Degree/Certificate Completion Administrative Data Placement in Military or Employment Adm. Record Exchange Placement in Military or Employment Survey
1998
55.90 81.90 87.70
     
1999
32.80 86.20 78.10
     

Percentage of postsecondary vocational concentrators who have completed postsecondary education and have a positive placement in military or employment.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Postsecondary Degree/ Certificate/Completion Placement in Military or Employment
Postsecondary Degree/Certificate/Completion Placement in Military or Employment
2000
32 82
   
2001
37 84
   
2002
   
39 84
Status: Unable to judge

Progress: 1999-2000 school data were collected as part of the negotiation process with the states to establish a baseline and agreed-upon performance targets. The 2000-01 school year data are the first year of performance data and will be used as the basis for determining eligibility for incentive grants.

Explanation: States used various measurement approaches for postsecondary completion and placement, i.e. wage record exchanges, administrative record exchanges and surveys to indicate completion and placement performance. Results were collected through the CAR instrument on current performance and matched to previously identified targets. State actual and target differences were matched and aggregated. Performance data developed by States is reported to OVAE 90 days after termination of the grant, i.e., the 2002 data will be reported by December 31, 2002. Attestation of data is completed within the following 90 days of States' submissions. Data for the 2002 program year will be available for the public on or after March 31. Military data has been dropped for the 2001-2002 program year. Previous data years have been corrected to reflect end of full year.  
Source: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1810-0503 Annual Performance Reporting Format for OIE Formula Grants to LEAs.

Additional Source Information: National Data Bases

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: June
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data quality continues to be a major component of the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) begun last year. A new verification and attestation process was implemented to improve the accuracy of the performance data. OVAE verified data by internal electronic consistency via instrumentation checks, expert staff analysis, and requiring double check and attestation of data by State directors. State data is also checked independently by ED/OVAE during onsite monitoring and State audit reviews.

Limitations: There is a substantial lag each year before performance data can be reported. In addition, states collect placement data from 6 months to 1 year after the school year resulting in a further lag in data reporting. Limited access to federal data bases (e.g. military/defense) and issues related to FERPA and use of social security numbers is also a great barrier to both accurate reporting and completeness of data. The numbers provided in Actual Performance and Performance Targets do not represent a national average nor the results of any single national assessment, rather a composite of the diversity of the states, their measures, measurement approaches and definitions that vary from state to state. Significant latitude was given states in the identification and development of baseline data for each of the Core Indicators and thus variability in results.

Improvements: Ongoing technical assistance is being provided through the DQI to address these challenges.

 

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