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.
|Commitee:||Meyer, David, Jacobsen, Brenda|
|School:||Northwest Nazarene University|
|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|
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