Overcoming State and Local Obstacles to Collecting Quality Perkins Data: Recommendations From Secondary and Postsecondary Administrators Attending the Perkins Accountability Technical Assistance Workshop, April 5, 2005
To support states in improving the quality of their Perkins accountability data, in March 2005 the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), US Department of Education, invited State Directors of Vocational Education to submit requests for individualized technical assistance. In response, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), in association with the New Mexico Association for Community Colleges (NMACC), submitted an application for conference support to communicate federal and state accountability requirements to secondary and postsecondary Perkins sub-recipients. The state also requested help in reviewing its current state data collection systems and local performance data, and in establishing a plan of action for improving data quality and use.
Dr. Steven Klein, Associate Director of Policy Analysis and Development, and Ms. Rosio Bugarin, Senior Research Associate at MPR Associates, Inc. provided technical assistance services to the state. During project planning discussions with Lena Trujillo-Chavez, Bureau Chief for the Career Technical and Workforce Education Bureau, MPR researchers identified two activities to meet the state’s technical assistance needs.