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VTEA: Vocational Education National Programs - FY 2005

Program Goal: Increase access to and improve programs at the high school and community and technical college levels that raise academic achievement, strengthen workforce preparation, and promote economic development and lifelong learning.

Objective 1 of 2: Increase the use of rigorous research findings to inform program direction and improve state and local practices, through the identification of research-based education practices and communicating what works to practitioners, parents and policy-makers.
Indicator 1.1 of 2: Conduct quality research: By 2005, all research studies conducted by the National Centers for Research in Career and Technical education will represent rigorous design as defined by the Department's definition of evidence-based research.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: Percent of research studies with rigorous designs
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002 71  
2003 83  
2004 100 100
2005   100

Source: Independent review panel assessments.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: February 2006

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
 
Explanation: The FY 2004 target was met. All current studies of the center are aligned with the Department's increased emphasis on rigorous methodolody and scientifically based approaches.
 
Indicator 1.2 of 2: Disseminate quality research: By 2005, increasing numbers of customers will be using the products and services of the National Centers for Research and Dissemination in Career and Technical Education.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 1: Number of customers receiving electronic and print materials or information from the Centers
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Electronic Print Total
Electronic Print Total
2000
273,546 273,546  
     
2001
1,569,999 131,254 1,701,253
    300,000
2002
3,004,898 219,729 3,224,627
    350,000
2003
6,054,535 13,567 6,068,102
     
2004
19,904,845 412,000 20,316,845
2,300,000 100,000 2,400,000
2005
     
2,300,000 50,000 2,350,000

Source: Grantee Performance Report

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: February 2006

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: The number of customers does not represent an unduplicated count of individuals receiving information through the Centers.
 
Explanation: The FY 2004 targets were exceeded. Most deliverables were made available through the center's Web site. Hard copy and print materials were also distributed upon request, especially at meeting and conference exhibits. The rise in the number of requests for materials may be attributed to increased interest generated through the expanded number of Web casts offered during the performance period.
 
Objective 2 of 2: Improve and expand the use of accountability systems and effective program strategies at the high school and postsecondary levels that promotes student achievement, performance and successful transition.
Indicator 2.1 of 1: By fall 2005, all states will have data systems with the capacity to include information on all indicators and subindicators for secondary and postsecondary programs.
 
Measure 2.1.1 of 1: Percentage of states that have data systems with the capacity to include information on all indicators and subindicators for secondary and postsecondary programs.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of Performance
Percentage of Target
2001
92
 
2002
97
 
2003
98
 
2004
98
100
2005
 
100

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1830-0530 Vocational Technical Education Annual Performance and Financial Reports.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: February 2005

Data Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
State Directors for Career and Technical Education attest to data. Data also are checked for accuracy and completeness through a five-step data auditing process by ED staff and an outside contractor.

Limitations: States use different measures and strategies to report data.

Improvements: ED is working with states to improve their data quality.
 
Explanation: We did not meet our FY 2004 target of 100. Actual performance is based on the percentage of states that were able to report data on each of the four core indicators included in the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. It is important to note that Department does not gather information on what percentage of all school systems, school districts and community colleges are included in the states' data. Only one state was unable to meet the data reporting requirement for the four core indicators. The Department continues to provide training and technical assistance to states and has provided additional technical assistance to the one state missing the one core indicator.
 

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