OVAE: Office of Vocational and Adult Education
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Performance Measurement Initiative
Archived Information

OVAE is inviting state teams to apply for participation in this initiative conducted by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), in collaboration with MPR Associates, Inc. and Johns Hopkins University.
Applications are due May 19, 2003.

  • Letter of invitation[ files] PDF (25K) from Deputy Assistant Secretary, Richard T. LaPointe
  • Summary and key activities[ files] PDF (89K)
  • Application for State Participation[ files] PDF (112K)


In Fall 2002, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education awarded a $2.5 million, 2-year grant to support the Performance Measurement Initiative. Building on current state and local data systems, this project will design and pilot test new secondary and postsecondary assessment and accountability measures, covering both academic and career and technical education programs. Design and pilot testing will occur in partnership with five states selected through a competitive review process. This project will be undertaken through a collaboration among the Academy for Educational Development's National Institute for Work and Learning, MPR Associates, Inc., and the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Social Change.

Major Deliverables/Timelines

Analytic Mapping Report (January 2003)-This report will describe current state performance accountability systems, including the challenges that exist and opportunities for improving data that is collected and reported on secondary and postsecondary students.

Prototype Development (Spring - Summer 2003)-This document will offer options for new secondary and postsecondary assessment and accountability measures that will be pilot tested in five selected states.

Final Report (Fall 2004)-This report will summarize findings from the pilot testing of the secondary and postsecondary assessment and accountability measures and offer recommendations for their further development and implementation in other states.

For Further Information

Please contact Sharon Belli at 202-205-3016.

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