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FY 1999 Annual Plan - Volume 1. Objective Performance Plans and Data Quality - February 27, 1998

Objective 1.2. Every state has a school-to-work system that increases student achievement, improves technical skills, and broadens career opportunities for all.


Context:School-to-Work (STW) aims to improve learning by connecting what goes on in the classroom to future careers and to real work situations and to increase student access to opportunities for postsecondary education and advanced training. Enacted in 1994, the School-to-Work legislation sunsets in 2002.

Key strategies for FY 1999

Coordination

Programs supporting this objective

State grant programs
  • State-to-Work Opportunities program
  • State Grants for Vocational Education
  • Tech-Prep Education
  • IDEA Grants to States
  • Title I
  • National Research Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning
  • Statistics and Assessment
Research, development and technical assistance
  • IDEA Research and Innovation
  • Vocational Education National Programs and National Center for Research on Vocational Education
  • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Selected performance indicators and charts

Performance indicators in the Strategic Plan for objective 1.2 focus on expected outcomes from vocational education and school-to-work, as well as indicators that track student and stakeholder participation in recent reform efforts in these areas.

Two million youth will be engaged actively in school-to-work systems by fall 2000. (Goal 1, indicator 14)

Indicator background and context. Baseline data for 1995 indicate that 500,000 students participated in one or more school-to-work activities with a goal of 2,000,000 participants projected by the year 2000. (See figure at right.)

Although participation in career development activities (job shadowing, employer site visits) is fairly common, baseline data for 1996 high school graduates show that very few students (2%) were actively engaged in a program of study that included all of the core components of STW (see figure below).

Data source.School-to-Work Progress Measures, 1996

Data source.Partners in Progress: Early Steps in Creating School-to-Work Systems, Mathematica Policy Research, 1997

By fall 1997, 400,000 employers nationally will engage in at least one recognized STW activity. By fall 2000, 600,000 employers will engage in at least one recognized STW activity. (School-to-Work program performance plan, indicator 5.1).

Indicator background and context. Data from a national survey of employers shows that, in 1997, 26 percent of sampled establishments (work sites) reported participating in school-to-work partnerships.

Data source. Bringing School-to-Work to Scale: What Employers Report, National Employer Survey, 1997.

Verification/validation of performance measures: Grantee-reported data on student participation and outcomes will be validated by comparing results with independent evaluations involving student surveys, analysis of high school records, case studies, and annual surveys of all STW local partnerships.

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