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  • Take Action: House Voting On Career Readiness Measure

    Today the House of Representatives will be voting on amendments to the Student Success Act reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), in conjunction with ACTE, is introducing an amendment requesting schools report on the career readiness of its students. Call or email your Representative to support the Benishek amendment and CTE!

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/18/2013 11:36:19 PM

  • Work Readiness Gap Analysis: Is CTE the Answer?

    An analysis of ACT WorkKeys scores, compared to skills required in high-wage, high-demand and fast-growing jobs, has found significant gaps between examinee skills and job requirements, particularly when it comes to locating information. However, test-taker skills and job needs were better matched on the middle level-meaning students with a postsecondary certificate or associate degree, by and large, had the skills needed for jobs that require a postsecondary certificate or associate degree-than for education and jobs at higher or lower levels of education and work requirements.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:10:13 PM

  • Alabama and New Hampshire ESEA Flexibility Waivers Approved

    Over the past week, the Department of Education has approved flexibility waivers for key requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for Alabama and New Hampshire. Their approval brings the total number of approved flexibility waivers to 39 states and the District of Columbia. 

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:01:34 PM

  • Early College High Schools: Path to Postsecondary Education

    Early College High Schools, in which students enroll in college courses while completing high school, benefit students and are particularly successful in helping students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education to accumulate college credit, according to the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:02:10 PM

  • 2013 College Grads Lack Writing, Applied Skills

    Many organizations surveyed recently by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported they had yet to hire a 2013 college graduate, and 20 percent said it was because 2013 graduates were underqualified for job openings. Fifty percent of respondents believed that college graduates lack professionalism or work ethic, and about 30 percent believed graduates lack leadership, initiative and critical thinking/problem-solving skills.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/20/2013 10:33:02 AM

  • Department of Education Eyes CTE for High School Redesign

    In blog posts this week on the Department of Education’s Homeroom blog, career and technical education took a front and center role as a great example of initiatives by high schools to improve student performance. These blogs are part of a series pushing President Obama’s high school redesign initiative, a proposal for a new competitive program to “encourage school districts to… focus on providing rigorous real-world experiences to students that will put them on a path for succes in both college and careers.”

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/14/2013 3:36:00 PM

  • Rep. Langevin Touts CTE & Announces Counseling Legislation

    In an op-ed article for WPRO 99.7 FM radio station in Rhode Island, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Congressional CTE Caucus, touted the importance of CTE programs as an effective method to “educate and train a workforce capable of filling 21st century jobs.” He also used the article to announce new legislation to strengthening comprehensive career and academic counseling services for students.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/10/2013 12:25:19 PM

  • State Policies Encourage CTE and Career Readiness

    In order to ensure that students graduating from high school are college and career ready, states are placing a higher priority on CTE, according to a report released earlier this year by the Education Commission of the States.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/4/2013 9:09:37 PM

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