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High School Graduation Requirements: Career/Technical Education - This database provides 50-state information on high school graduation requirements in career/technical education and other disciplines. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

Technical/Vocational Diploma or Endorsement - This database provides information on states that offer a technical/vocational diploma or endorsement as an alternative to the standard high school diploma. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

Career and Technical Education MS Word - This briefing memo is designed to provide policymakers with an overview of the issues surrounding career and technical education in the states, including governance structures, recent legislation and research highlights. (Carl Krueger, Education Commission of the States, October 2004)...

Career Academy Students Perform Better Than Other Students During High School; Later Outcomes Vary - This report provides information about the educational, income and career outcomes of Florida’s high school career academy students. The report is a companion to a July 2006 report that examined career academies operating in Florida’s public schools, the extent to which they implement nationally recognized core elements and the number of academies that lead to industry certifications. (Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, October 2007)...

Community Colleges Generally are Consistent in Awarding College Credit for Certificate Programs - This paper reports the results of a survey of all 28 Florida community colleges and 43 technical centers meant to answer five questions: (1) How many technical centers and community colleges have local articulation agreements? (2) Do community colleges award varying amounts of credit for the same type of certificate programs? (3) What statewide articulation agreements exist and are in development? (4) How do the original state agreements compare to the existing local agreements? (5) How will community colleges respond to the statewide agreements? (Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, April 2007)...

State Approval Policies and Procedures for Postsecondary CTE Programs - How states approve new or review existing postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs is not widely known outside a given state. This brief presents the results of a national study designed to inventory state agency approval policies and procedures for postsecondary CTE programs. The study provides a snapshot of a broad array of policies and procedures currently used by states to review and modify existing policies and procedures. (Rodney Merkley and George Johnston, Office of Community College Research and Leadership, 2007)...

More Than Half of the State’s School Districts Have Career Academies, Most Operating in 2004-05 Incorporated Nationally Recognized Core Elements - This report provides detailed information about 379 Florida career academies that were in operation during the 2004-05 school year. Information is provided on the extent to which the academies have implemented three nationally recognized career academy core elements: a small learning community, a college preparatory curriculum with a career theme, and partnerships with local employers and higher education. Also provided is information on what certifications are available to career academies and the extent to which they are used. (Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, July 2006) ...

Most School District Career Academies Incorporated Nationally Recognized Core Elements in 2004-05 - This report provides detailed information about 379 Florida career academies that were in operation during the 2004-05 school year. The report provides: (1) the academies’ detailed responses to a survey that requested descriptive information; (2) information on the extent to which the academies have implemented three nationally recognized career academy core elements: a small learning community, a college preparatory curriculum with a career theme, and partnerships with local employers and higher education; and (3) information on what certifications are available to career academies and the extent to which they are used. (Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability of the Florida Legislature, July 2006) ...

Career and Technical Education in Pennsylvania: Opportunities for Commonwealth Policy - Though geared toward Pennsylvania, the recommendations are of value for other states seeking to improve their career and technical education (CTE) programs. Based on a review of existing CTE policies in Pennsylvania and a variety of other sources, the authors provide numerous recommendations for enhancing CTE in the state, related to: (1) academic rigor, (2) industry relevance, (3) postsecondary transition, (4) state leadership and capacity, and (5) requiring the Pennsylvania department of education to take a much stronger leadership role and an increased role in quality control and program review. The report also identifies key components of other states’ CTE programs, including adopting nationally recognized industry standards and paying attention to the transition to postsecondary education and careers. (Jobs for the Future, February 2005)...


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