Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Perkins IV Data in New Jersey
In October 2007, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education, invited state directors of career and technical education (CTE) to submit requests for individualized technical assistance to improve the quality of their Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) accountability systems. In response, the New Jersey Department of Education requested support to improve postsecondary data collection and reporting procedures for the state’s two delivery systems: the 19 county colleges enrolling approximately 100,000 students and the 21 county vocational schools enrolling several thousand adult students.
Following consultation with Marie Barry, Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education, New Jersey Department of Education, MPR and state staff agreed that New Jersey would benefit from assistance in refining secondary, postsecondary, and adult measures and measurement approaches; support for aligning and/or integrating measures of adult CTE programs with postsecondary programs; and aid in considering new technology for data collection and reporting strategies.
Amanda Richards, Research Associate, and Dr. Steven Klein, Director, Preparation for College and Careers at MPR Associates, Inc., provided consultation services to New Jersey. Dialogues with the state took place via telephone and during a one-day site visit, and focused on reviewing the state’s data collection and reporting capabilities and options for reporting on Perkins IV measures. Following the site visit, MPR provided New Jersey with a preliminary set of measure recommendations so the state could apply the discussion results to its State Plan approval process. This paper presents MPR’s final recommendations for structuring population definitions and measures, in light of federal non-regulatory guidance, to enhance the quality of Perkins IV accountability data in New Jersey.