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Industry’s Role in Secondary School System Accountability for College and Career Readiness
by Long, Clay, Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2020, 102; 27995357
Abstract (Summary)

College and career readiness efforts continue to increase through secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, and stakeholders expect an educational system that truly prepares a student to be college and career ready. Mixed methods research was completed to better understand industry’s role in accountability of secondary schools’ efforts for college and career readiness. Two groups of participants existed: (1) the graduating cohort class of 2018 from a school district having multiple high schools within Idaho and (2) students who graduated within the last 3 school years (2017, 2018, or 2019). Group 1 participants completed a pretest and posttest related to workplace readiness standards and results were analyzed using independent t tests. The t tests provided evidence that although there was not a statistically significant difference between the pretest-to-posttest growth of the two subsets of students (CTE concentrators and nonconcentrators), there were statistically significant differences between the pretest scores and between the posttest scores of each subset. Group 2 participants completed a survey developed by the researcher and results were analyzed using frequencies. Data from the Group 2 survey identified four specific ways participants believe industry should contribute to secondary education efforts toward college and career readiness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jensen, Joshua
Commitee: Meyer, David, Jacobsen, Brenda
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Education Policy
Keywords: Accountability, College and career readiness, Industry, Workplace readiness
Publication Number: 27995357
ISBN: 9798645449100
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