Establishing a System to Evaluate Assessments of Student Occupational Skill Attainment
The state of Pennsylvania has been engaged in training students and assessing their Occupational Skills attainment for many decades (Kapes, 2001). Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) established a system of recognizing high achievement through a Skill Certificate Program which utilized 14 national and local tests. Initially the Commonwealth established a Pass/Fail decision process for one such test outlined in a report entitled: An Evaluation of Pennsylvania Occupational Competency Written Exams Administered During 1975-78 (Kapes and Funk, 1978). However there was no system in place for evaluating and approving tests. The project in this document outlines the process for establishing and implementing a system for evaluating potential tests that might be used to measure student occupational skill attainment and determining job readiness.