What Can We Learn About Postsecondary Vocational Education From Existing Data?


1 The views expressed here are the author's alone and should not be attributed to the sponsoring agency.

2 The schools involved include 27 from High Schools That Work, described below, and 5 from the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative. A report on this actitivity will be published by NCRVE at the end of 1999.

3Specific occupational courses exclude keyboarding, work experience, family and consumer sciences, industrial arts or technology courses.

4 Ohio tests at grade 12, not grade 11.

5 West Virginia also tests at grade 12, in addition to grade 11.

6 Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

7For example, the Work Keys assessment system has been developed by ACT to measure employability skills. It consists of tests lasting 40 to 50 minutes in each of eight areas: applied mathematics, applied technology, listening, locating information, observation, reading for information, teamwork, and writing. Some of these tests are intended to assess individuals' ability to apply academic skills, for example in mathematics and writing. However, even at the highest levels of difficulty, the test items are not designed to measure detailed or advanced knowledge in any particular field of work. Examples can be seen at

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