The Continuing Development of Local Tech-Prep Initiatives.Report as inadecuate

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Data from national Tech-Prep surveys that were completed by more than 800 Tech-Prep consortium coordinators in fall 1993 and/or fall 1994 were analyzed to assess the emergence of Tech-Prep at the state and local levels. It was discovered that, between 1993 and 1994, the number of Tech-Prep consortia nationwide increased from 812 to 953, the percentage of consortia able to identify and count students participating in Tech-Prep increased from 29% to 53%, and the number of students identified as Tech-Prep participants increased by 150%. Tech-Prep students appeared to be achieving intermediate outcomes in greater numbers. An estimated 97% of Tech-Prep seniors graduated from high school in spring 1994 (versus 94% in 1993), and approximately 56% of 1994 Tech-Prep high school graduates entered postsecondary education or training the following fall. Between 1993 and 1994, Tech-Prep consortia continued to lay important groundwork for transformation to school-to-work systems; however, applied academic curricula, articulation agreements, and career development activities were implemented in only a relatively small proportion of consortium districts and schools. Tech-Prep progress on school-to-work features was most evident in reports of increased school-industry collaboration. (Contains 27 tables/figures) (MN)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Articulation (Education), Consortia, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, High Schools, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, School Business Relationship, School Districts, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Participation, Tech Prep, Vocational Education

Author: Silverberg, Marsha K.


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