STEP 16. Evaluate the program
During and after the first year, the Advisory Council should review the program to see how well it is meeting the goal of giving students exposure to the range of techniques and types of structures traditionally found in the region. Attention should also be paid to the particular needs of contractors for the varying types of skilled labor currently in demand. Advisory Councils can also be helpful in evaluating other aspects of the program including the finished on-site product, the support given the teachers by the administration, the budgets, timing, and difficulty of projects, etc.
Ideally, periodic reviews of each facet and stakeholder of the program should occur. At a minimum the teachers should evaluate the students, the students evaluate their hands-on experience, and the contractors review their interns. If timing and resources allow, a 360-degree review between faculty, students, advisory council, administration, and contractors where each reviews the others is ideal.
Outside validation should not be overlooked as an evaluation mechanism. Applying for recognition can be a useful exercise and winning awards can validate a successful effort.
The Randolph School program won an award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for the program. We also had our students compete in the Skills USA competition as a result of being in the program.
Jim Sweeney, Instructor, Randolph Career and Technical Center
Given the focus on academic proficiency it is important to track
not only students’ progress in vocational capacity but their
performance at their home high schools in their academic
subjects as well.
At the Brooklyn School of the Arts, 79% of the program participants are performing above the class average.
Kate Burns Ottavino, Brooklyn School of the Arts