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Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Perkins IV Data in Virginia


Klein, S. (2008). Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Perkins IV Data in Virginia. Berkeley, CA: MPR Associates, Inc.


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 Virginia Community College System (VCCS) submitted a request for support in establishing population definitions and measure constructions to guide development of its Perkins IV postsecondary accountability system.

Following consultation with Elizabeth Creamer, Director of Postsecondary Perkins/Tech Prep, and Wendy Kang, Director of Workforce Development Services Research, it was determined that the state would benefit from a review of the measures and data collection approaches planned for submission in the state’s Perkins IV five-year transition plan.

Consultation services were provided to VCCS by Dr. Steven Klein, Director of Preparation for College and Careers, and Amanda Richards, Research Associate at MPR Associates, Inc. Discussions, which took place via telephone and e-mail contacts, focused on reviewing system reporting capabilities and state options for reporting on Perkins IV measures. This paper offers recommendations for structuring population definitions and measures, in light of federal nonregulatory guidance, to enhance the quality of Perkins IV accountability data in Virginia.