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  1. Analyze That!Using Data to Improve College Tech Prep National Tech Prep Network Conference Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2004

  2. Vickie Hodge, Career-Technical Curriculum Coordinator Vicky Wheeler, School-to-Careers Coordinator Alamance-Burlington School System Burlington, NC

  3. AlamanceCounty • Centrally located between the Triad (Winston-Salem/Greensboro) and Research Triangle Park (Raleigh/Durham) in the state • County Population: 135,453 • Burlington Population: 42,000 • County accessible in all directions from major interstates and 2 airports • 300 diversified manufacturers

  4. By 2006, at least 90% of students in each student group will pass state assessments at every school. School System Focuses Mission, adopted 4/23/01, by ABSS Board of Education

  5. Alamance-Burlington Schools • 14th largest system in the state; 2nd largest employer in the county • 1996 merger between Burlington City & Alamance County Schools • Comprehensive school district serving the entire county • 21,605 students in 33 K-12 schools • 6 high schools; 7 middle schools; 19 elementary schools; & 1 alternative school

  6. Tech Prep in North Carolina • Math, 3 credits - Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or Algebra I, Technical Math I and II or Integrated Math I, II and III • Science, 3 credits - a physical science, Biology, earth/environmental science • English, 4 credits - English I, II, III, IV

  7. Tech Prep in North Carolina • Social Studies, 3 credits - Gov./Econ., US History, World Studies • Health & Physical Education - 1 credit • Career/Technical - 4 credits in one of ten career pathways to include a second level • Electives or other requirements, 2 credits

  8. Partnerships • Tech Prep Consortium - TP funding since 1992 • Alamance-Burlington Schools • Alamance Community College • Alamance County School-to-Careers Partnership • Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce • Elon University

  9. Evaluation History • Tech Prep Review Process • Collected data for annual reviews • School-to-Work Grants (JobReady 1998) • Collected data of activities • NC Tech Prep - 10% budget mandate (98-00) • SERVE - Regional educational research agency affiliated with UNC-Greensboro • Developed template for local use • Compiled and analyzed data • Template became tool for NC JobReady

  10. Evaluation Process • Collect Data • Analyze Data Develop improvement strategies Establish Goals and Strategies Interim Evaluation Internal -ABSS External to Partners Monthly Quarterly Annually

  11. Evaluation Template • Basic Skills • Career Development • Work-based Learning • Transition to Post-Secondary • Parent & Community

  12. Reporting to Stakeholders • NC Department of Public Instruction • Alamance County School-to-Careers Partnership • Executive Committee- quarterly • Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce • Education Council - monthly • Curriculum Directors & High School Principals

  13. Goals of the Grant • Strengthen the commitment to College Tech Prep (CTP) program • Increase integration of academic and career-technical education • Continue work-based learning experiences for students and teachers • Expand comprehensive career development • Evaluate the effectiveness of the CTP program

  14. Strengthen the Commitment to College Tech Prep

  15. Performance Indicator 3: By 2003-04, 76.8% of graduating vocational and technical education concentrators in NC will have completed a Tech Prep or a combined Tech Prep/College Prep course of study.

  16. Articulated Credit Hours for CTP 140 125 120 100 80 84 Hours 60 40 20 0 2002-03 2003-04 Years

  17. Congratulations to the following Western Alamance High School Warriors for earning articulated community college credit for: Computer Applications II Karen Brittain Henry Chism Travis Crisp Michael Edwards Samuel Forbis Matthew Norton

  18. Monthly Reports to Chamber Education Council

  19. Silver Award for CTP Partnership Recognition

  20. ABSS Recognizes Annual Business Partners

  21. Increase Integration of Academic and Career-Technical Education

  22. Integration Initiatives • Installed academic item banks in all high schools and provided staff development • Writing across the curriculum workshops in all high schools • Staff attended National Academy Foundation Conference • Cooperative learning workshops for all high school teachers

  23. Performance Indicator 1: By 2003-04, 59.7 % of vocational concentrators in NC will score at or above the national mean on each of the four ASSET tests: reading, writing, numerical skills, and elementary algebra.

  24. Performance Indicator 2: By 2003, 58.2 percent of vocational and technical education enrollees will score at Level III or above on end-of-course VoCATS tests.

  25. FACS Teachers attend local ServSafe Training

  26. “Field of Dreams… If We Teach It, They Will Score” CTE Staff Development Recognizing VoCATS Achievement