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The Progress of Education Reform: Career/Technical Education PDF - This issue of the Progress of Education Reform identifies new approaches states are adopting to support career-readiness for students. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, ECS, February 2013)...

Data Point: Trends in CTE Coursetaking - The average number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) credits earned by public high school graduates declined from 1990 to 2009 (from 4.2 to to 3.6) while the number of credits earned in other areas--English, math, science,and social studies--increased. However, within occupational CTE, participation increased in communications and design, health care, public services, and consumer and culinary services, while participation in business, manufacturing, computer and information sciences, engineering technologies, and repair and transportation dropped. (NCES, November 2013)...

The Future of College and Career Pathways - Educators and administrators were surveyed by the NC3T to learn about the current state of pathways programs and their futures. From those surveyed-which may not be nationally representative-they found the percentage of students participating in pathways programs appeared to be growing, and most programs had not suffered drastic cuts in the past three years. (NC3T, July 2013)...

How Career and Technical Education Can Help Students Be College and Career Ready: A Primer - Preparing students for a more complex future, modern CTE pathways must ensure that coursework involves applied, contextual learning so students can see the relevance of their studies, and a relationship to their goals, according to this report. Evolving into an academically rigorous course of study, CTE now is seen as preparation for both college and careers. States can move CTE along by providing alternative certification options for industry experts to become CTE instructors, professional development for current and would-be CTE instructors, and soliciting feedback from workforce stakeholders. (Betsy Brand, Andrew Valent and Andrea Browning, AIR, March 2013)...

A Framework for Measuring Career Pathways Innovation: A Working Paper - In the process of developing a common understanding of what high-quality career pathway systems look like regardless of targeted industry, occupation or design, the authors provide information on the types of metrics that can be used in career pathways and how they can be used. Many, they say, will be useful for continuous improvement. (Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, February 2013)...

Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works - The authors studied education-to-employment programs in nine countries and found that among the most successful, employers and educators regularly checked in with each other; also, employer commitment to students began before enrollment. (Mona Mourshed, McKinsey Center for Government, December 2012)...

Review of Vocational Education: The Wolf Report - Recommendation generated by the review of vocational education warrant attention in the United States. (Alison Wolf, Secretary of the State of Education--United Kingdom, March 2011)...

The Road Less Traveled: Realizing the Potential of Career Technical Education in the California Community Colleges - This report examines four high-wage, high-need career pathways in the California Community Colleges as a basis for exploring the Career Technical Education (CTE) mission and its role in the college completion agenda. The study found that while CTE has the potential to meet the state’s completion, workforce and equity goals, there is a lack of priority on awarding technical certificates and degrees and an absence of clear pathways for students to follow in pursuing those credentials. (Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, February 2011)...

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century - This report argues that our national strategy for education and youth development has been too narrowly focused on an academic, classroom-based approach. Meanwhile, many other advanced industrial nations are succeeding with a broader, more holistic approach that places greater emphasis on career and technical education and work-based learning. The authors contend that in order to regain the educational leadership we held for more than a century, the United States must build a more comprehensive network of pathways to serve youth in high school and beyond. (Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2011)...

Replication of a Career Academy Model: The Georgia Central Educational Center and Four Replication Sites--Summary - The study surveyed four career academies in Georgia that replicated the model of the Georgia Central Educational Center, which integrates technical instruction and academics at the high school level. The four replication sites adhered to the major tenets of the model. The model's flexibility helped the new sites meet community needs. (Amy Detgen and Corinne Alfeld, Regional Education Laboratory Southeast, IES, January 2011)...

Measuring Technical and Academic Achievement: Employer/Certification Examinations' Role in High School Assessment - To assist states in identifying potential alternative examinations, SREB reviewed and evaluated more than 200 employer certification examinations, using stringent criteria. In total, 177 examinations are recommended for approval, 86 of which are recommended without reservation and 91 which are recommended on a provisional basis. The full report contains a brief description of and observations about the nature of these examinations. (Southern Regional Education Board, November 2009)...

Ready for Tomorrow: Six Proven Ideas to Graduate and Prepare More Students for College and 21st-Century Careers - Evidence from SREB's High Schools That Work initiative confirms that more students can be prepared for postsecondary opportunities - college, advanced career training or both - when schools combine rigorous academics, authentic projects and assignments in academic and career/technical classes and guidance and extra help. This report identifies six clear-cut conditions that schools can create in their career-focused programs of study to increase students' college and career readiness. (Gene Bottoms, Marna Young and Lingling Han, Southern Regional Education Board, November 2009)...

States Have Broad Flexibility in Implementing Perkins IV - Perkins IV established student performance measures at the secondary and postsecondary levels for state agencies. The Government Accountability Office surveyed the career and technical education (CTE) directors in each state and the District of Columbia on: (1) how states have implemented those performance measures and the challenges they faced in implementation; (2) the extent to which the U.S. Department of Education has held oversight to the performance measures and supported the state efforts; and (3) the U.S. Department's analysis of the effectiveness of CTE programs. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, July 2009)...

Career/Technical Education Statistics - This Web site provides summary data tables that describe career/technical education (CTE) at the secondary level, CTE at the postsecondary level and adult education for work. ...


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