Agriculture education, technical skill assessment, CTE accountability measures, industry-recognized credential
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Vocational Education
This study was conducted using quantitative methods to determine if a relationship exists between former Agriculture Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators’ Technical Skills Assessment (TSA) performance and their attaining related placement after high school. The study included data from 13,581 agriculture students who graduated during the years 2015-2019. To investigate the relationship between TSA assessment performance and attaining related placement, multiple descriptive models were run and disaggregated by gender, race/ethnicity, Individuals Education Plan (IEP) status, and Socioeconomic Status (SES). The data revealed students who pass their TSA assessment are more likely to attain related placement compared to those not passing their assessment. Agriculture students’ rates of passing the TSA assessment and attaining related placement were high. Additional analysis to determine the relationship between TSA assessment performance and attaining related placement involved multiple binary logistic regression models. The logistic regression models helped determine how passing the TSA assessment and student demographics interacted and influenced students attaining related placement. Statistically significant findings were determined for TSA assessment, Black students, and those not disadvantaged in the SES category. The findings from this study may add merit to the numerous secondary CTE agriculture education programs in the United States.
Keywords: Agriculture education, technical skill assessment, CTE accountability measures, industry-recognized credential
Pantleo, M., Conrad, M., Parr, K., & Parr, B. A. (2022). Technical Skill Assessments as a Predictor or Agriculture Students' Success after High School. Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 6 (1). https://doi.org/10.9741/2578-2118.1111
On October 12, 2020, the Murray State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) determined this project did not involve activities and/or subjects that would require IRB review and oversight. Determination for IRB # 21-041: Individuals not Identifiable – Activity does not involve human subjects as defined in 45 CFR 46.102(e)(1). The authors have no known conflicts of interest associated with this publication.