URL Links Update
Anne Danenberg, a Research Associate at the Public Policy Institute
of California, for alerting me to the need to update the URLs on
all the key research reports listed below. The demise of many key
organizations promoting School-to-Career, starting with the National
School-to-Work Office (NSTWO), necessitates these updates.
NSTWO Web Site
outstanding web site developed by the National School-to-Work Office
(NSTWO) is now archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20011127035903/http://www.stw.ed.gov/.
are key research reports on the efficacy of School-to-Career programs.
Research from Boston, Philadelphia, and New York State show positive
student high school and post-high school outcomes. Research from
the National Employer Leadership Council (NELC) shows positive bottom-line
results (Return on Investment) for business and education partners
participating in school-to-career activities. The research is summarized
in the 1999 report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
High Yields for Students, Schools, Parents, Educators, Employers,
Legislators, Businesses, Communities, and the Job Market, 1999 (PDF File)
A Guide for State Legislators published by the National Conference
of State Legislatures. This guide, tailored to state legislators,
provides general information about STW and reports on the success
of the initiative.
Post-High School Outcomes, May 1998 (PDF File)
research on Boston Public School graduates provides evidence that
linking high schools with employers and other community allies can
have a strong, lasting influence on students. The study is among
the first to collect information on college enrollment and postsecondary
employment and earnings over several years.
District of Philadelphia - Work-Based Learning (WBL)
District of Philadelphia data and preliminary results from studies
conducted by outside evaluators Madonna Yost opinion research and
Professor Frank Linnehan of Drexel University point to measurable
gains associated with Philadelphia School-to-Career's Work-Based
Learning program. While these studies have not been formally published,
they offer compelling support for work-based learning's positive
impact on student outcomes.
York State's STW Initiative Demonstrates Promising Student Results
research on [STW] in New York suggests that students who participate
in career development and work-based learning activities...reap
significant benefits from their involvement. The study conducted
by the State's independent evaluator for STW, Westchester Institute
for Human Services Research Inc., is among the first to gather reliable
information on the academic and career-related experiences of STW
students during high school and one year following high school graduation."
of this study is also available from the American Youth Policy Forum.
Employer Leadership Council Return-on-Investment Study (PDF)
National Employer Leadership Council's (NELC) newest Return on Investment
report, "Intuitions Confirmed...The Bottom-line Return on School-to-Work
Investment for Students and Employers", issued March 1999,
outlines positive bottom-line results for business and education
partners participating in school-to-career activities. Highlighted
companies include: Autodesk, Charles Schwab, Crown AutoWorld, Eastman
Kodak, McDonald's, Siemens, Sutter Health, and BellSouth. Three
of these companies, Autodesk, Charles Schwab, and Siemens, are actively
engaged in STC activities in the Bay Area and are leaders of BaySCAN.
can read the Return on Investment Report online or Download a free
copy (in pdf format) at http://www.nelc.org/whatsnew/roi/index.html.
You can also read or download the Autodesk,
Inc., case study.