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Recommendations to Improve the Collection of Perkins Placement Data in Alaska


Klein, S. (2007). Recommendations to Improve the Collection of Perkins Placement Data in Alaska. Berkeley, CA: MPR Associates, Inc.


To assist states in improving the quality of their Perkins accountability data, in December 2006 the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education, invited state directors of vocational education to submit requests for individualized technical assistance. In response, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (ADEED) submitted an application seeking support in collecting placement data for career and technical education (CTE) concentrators who leave the state following their program completion.

In a joint submission by the state’s secondary and postsecondary agencies, Helen Mehrkens, State Program Director, and John Mayer, Postsecondary and Tech Prep Coordinator, requested support in expanding state follow-up of employment data for CTE concentrators, which is currently limited to in-state records and some years of Washington state data. In order to help Alaska collect follow-up data for students working out of state, MPR researchers assessed the feasibility of accessing federal Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS) files to support educational follow-up and to establish interstate record sharing agreements with states that attract a high percentage of Alaska’s completers.

This report summarizes MPR researchers’ review of state reporting approaches, and provides recommendations to assist EED administrators in expanding employment follow-up for its Perkins accountability system.