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Assessing Technical Achievement in Secondary Career Technical Education: Overview of State Assessment Systems

Citation

Klein, S. (2006). Assessing Technical Achievement in Secondary Career Technical Education: Overview of State Assessment Systems. (Prepared for: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education). Berkeley, CA and Washington, DC: MPR Associates, Inc, and Academy for Educational Development.

Abstract

States are using a variety of approaches to assess secondary students' career technical education (CTE) skill attainment under Perkins. This paper summarizes three strategies that states are using to quantify students' CTE skill holdings: national assessments systems; state developed occupationally specific, end-of-course or program exams; and state-developed, occupationally generic, end-of-program exams. The paper also profiles collection systems in a subset of states representative of each assessment approach. State profiles detail the (1) primary characteristics of state assessment systems (2) process and cost of developing assessments; (3) test administration policies and procedures; and (4) the potential portability of these systems to other states