Analyze That!Using Data to Improve College Tech Prep National Tech Prep Network Conference Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2004
Vickie Hodge, Career-Technical Curriculum Coordinator Vicky Wheeler, School-to-Careers Coordinator Alamance-Burlington School System Burlington, NC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Evaluation Process • Collect Data • Analyze Data Develop improvement strategies Establish Goals and Strategies Interim Evaluation Internal -ABSS External to Partners Monthly Quarterly Annually
Evaluation Template • Basic Skills • Career Development • Work-based Learning • Transition to Post-Secondary • Parent & Community
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
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
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.
Articulated Credit Hours for CTP 140 125 120 100 80 84 Hours 60 40 20 0 2002-03 2003-04 Years
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
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
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.
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.
“Field of Dreams… If We Teach It, They Will Score” CTE Staff Development Recognizing VoCATS Achievement