So far, evaluation of Tech Prep programs has been weak in that it tends to be based on compliance with external regulations, rather than on the programs' desired outcomes. Accountability is a key factor in the battles for funding and for public support, and the lack of a clear sense of the results of innovative programs shortens their lifespan. This study of perspectives on Tech Prep student outcomes will help in efforts to design assessments and to improve accountability. It will also help develop the basic model of Tech Prep into one more accessible and effective for all students, rather than only for the "neglected majority" only.
MDS-790 / February 1997
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