Performance Audits : Recent Reports : Workforce Development System
Workforce Development: Identifying CTE Student Outcomes (pdf, 740 kb)
Summary: This performance audit asked what Washington's data could tell us about the characteristics of high school students who participated in CTE courses and those who did not, and their achievements after graduation. By following graduates' post-secondary paths, we found that by 2015, CTE students graduating in 2012 or 2013 were more likely to be enrolled in community or technical college, entered into an apprenticeship or employed, than non-CTE students. Further, among graduates who did not enter higher education, CTE students were significantly more likely to achieve in terms of employment and apprenticeships. However, the data we reviewed is subject to restrictions on how and by whom it may be used. Our recommendations suggest ways the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Education Research and Data Center can work together to help school districts apply for and use the data. View the videocast here (YouTube). Read the two-page summary (pdf, 90 kb).
A project in 2015 introduced this series by examining the entire workforce development system in Washington
August 2015 (pdf, 1.7mb)
Summary: This performance audit set out to map the workforce development system in Washington, and found a complex network of 55 programs, managed by 12 state agencies and multiple service providers, at a cost of more than $1 billion a year in federal and state funds. It is complex because it serves a wide variety of people in vastly differing circumstances, requiring coordinated effort among many programs to develop a skilled workforce able to meet the diverse demands of business and industry in Washington. Our review did identify duplication, fragmentation and overlap of services in workforce development programs, but found that these instances are largely justifiable. We also identified risks that may call for further analysis, related to coordination among programs and variations in local service delivery. Read the full report (pdf, 1.7mb) Read the two-page summary (pdf, 142kb) View the videocast here (YouTube). View the workforce development system map (11"x17" pdf, 210kb)
Explore an interactive presentation of the Workforce Development System
As part of our effort to provide important and accessible information about public programs, today we launched an interactive mapping of Washington's complex, $1 billion workforce development system. Click the image to view the presentation.