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The Strategic Planning Evaluation of Curriculum Assessment of Performance (SPECAP) project was designed by Texas Tech University to assess the implementation of programs by 25 tech prep consortia in Texas. This report describes the most effective tech prep practices discovered by SPECAP through analyses of consortia planning and implementation documents, questionnaires and telephone interviews, and surveys of student satisfaction. Chapter 1 describes tech prep in Texas and identifies effects of the consortia on Texas education, while chapter 2 describes the SPECAP methodology as focusing on a loop between planning processes, curriculum modifications, and performance assessment. Chapter 3 focuses on exemplary practices related to strategic planning, indicating that successful plans ensure the long-term presence of committed partners, undertake environmental scanning, design flexible school or unit plans, effectively market the tech prep agenda, and internalize and institutionalize programs. Chapter 4 focuses on effective curriculum evaluation, indicating that evaluations should be on a regular basis, involve secondary and postsecondary personnel in the process, work with faculty to integrate standard competencies, and have business and industry representatives validate workplace skills. Chapter 5 describes such exemplary performance assessment practices as providing feedback to high school faculty about tech prep graduates' performance, asking for business and industry feedback, and assessing student satisfaction and accomplishment of goals. The final chapter discusses needs for the future regarding educational equity, excellence, efficiency, and partnerships. A list of consortia directors and a map of consortia are appended. (KP)

Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Community Colleges, Consortia, Curriculum Based Assessment, Curriculum Development, Evaluation Methods, High Schools, Models, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Surveys, Strategic Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Tech Prep, Two Year Colleges

Author: Cooper, Pamela A., Ed.; And Others


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