What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study? A Preliminary Assessment

What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study? A Preliminary Assessment

Jul 2009

A Podcast with Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis, primary author of ““What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study? A Preliminary Assessment Based on Similar Previous Initiatives, State Plans for Implementation, and Career Development Theory,” talks in this podcast about the precursors of POS: Tech Prep, career clusters/pathways, youth apprenticeships, and dual/concurrent enrollment. The report also summarizes how states propose to implement POS, based on a review of 53 state plans (the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands) for Perkins IV submitted to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. This paper also reviews the implications of career development theory as it relates to students’ decisions about POS. It concludes by posing three questions concerning the implementation of POS:

  1. To what degree can secondary and postsecondary instruction be articulated?
  2. To what degree can rigorous and relevant technical content be aligned with challenging academic standards?
  3. What are appropriate measures of the effectiveness of POS?