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Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Postsecondary Perkins IV Data in Wisconsin


Klein, S., & Richards, A. (2008). Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Postsecondary Perkins IV Data in Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin Technical College System originally requested support in developing a state-approved, locally established assessment system.

Following consultation with Kathleen Cullen, Vice President for Teaching and Learning, and a follow-up review of progress the state has already made in this area, Wisconsin staff and MPR researchers agreed the state would benefit from assistance in aligning its postsecondary data collection and reporting system with Perkins IV requirements.

Steven Klein, Director, Preparation for College and Careers and Amanda Richards, Research Associate at MPR Associates, Inc., provided consultation services to Wisconsin. Dialogue with the state took place via telephone conference calls and emails and focused on reviewing the state’s Perkins IV postsecondary measures.

During the conference calls, MPR facilitated a discussion with state administrative staff providers that covered Perkins IV accountability and strategies for improving data collection and reporting. 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 postsecondary accountability data in Wisconsin.