Technical Skill Attainment and Post-Program Outcomes: An Analysis of Pennsylvania Secondary Career and Technical Education Graduates
MPR Associates, Inc.
Since the mid-1990s, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has required all students concentrating in career and technical education (CTE) programs to complete a standardized technical skill assessment at or near the end of their program. Results of technical skill assessments are used for a number of purposes, including recognizing student achievement, supporting program improvement and professional development efforts, and holding educators accountable for their students’ performance. Interest in such assessments and their use are increasing nationwide, particularly in response to the 2006 Perkins Act requirement for reporting on career and technical skill proficiencies (Hyslop, 2009). Research, however, has yet to fully relate technical skill levels, as measured by high school graduates’ performance on broad work readiness or narrow, occupation-specific technical skill assessments, to their subsequent employment and/or postsecondary enrollment outcomes.
Staklis, S., & Klein, S. (2010, October). Technical skill attainment and post-program outcomes: An analysis of Pennsylvania secondary career and technical education graduates. Louisville, KY: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville.