Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Florida's performance accountability system and the effectiveness of workforce education providers
by Cunningham, Richard G., Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2011, 207; 3496476
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated performance based accountability in Florida.s system of workforce education in Florida.s state colleges and school districts. In Florida, workforce education is governed by Florida State Statute (K-20 Education Code Chapter 1004).

The purpose of this study was to determine the cost-effectiveness of Florida.s performance accountability policy as applied to workforce education. Additionally, it analyzed the impact of performance accountability on performance by the providers of workforce education, state colleges and school districts, and the value for investment achieved by the policy over the time period. The study was guided by three questions: (a) What is the relationship between effectiveness and year? (b) Is the relationship between effectiveness and year moderated by each of the contextual variables? (c) To what extent does each of the contextual variables predict performance and effectiveness?

This study utilized a non-experimental quantitative research design and a costeffectiveness analysis framework. The unit of analysis was the providers of workforce education in the State of Florida. This study was framed by the outputs and outcomes the workforce education service providers achieve and the alterable and unalterable variables which might influence the provision of workforce education. Performance was measured through two measures: quantity of outputs, and quality of outcomes. The alterable and unalterable variables included: the type of institution delivering the service, either state college or school district; the delivery model used in each delivery area, either single or dual-delivery; and population characteristics, the percentage of students economically disadvantaged, the percentage of minorities, and the percentage of males. The study used correlation and regression techniques to analyze the longitudinal impact of the performance accountability system.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pisapia, John
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 73/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education Policy, Adult education
Keywords: Cost effectiveness, Effectiveness, Outcomes, Outputs, Performance accountability, Workforce education
Publication Number: 3496476
ISBN: 9781267159380
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