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  • Grants Spur Workforce-Education Data Linkages

    Last week the U.S. Department of Labor announced approximately $6 million in grants for the third round of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. These funds will enable up to six additional states to build or expand longitudinal databases that connect education and workforce data.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 4:02:28 PM

  • Data-driven Decision-making for CTE Educators

    Recently, an article in the Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development reported on the development of a research-based intervention for professional development in CTE using data-driven methods.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 4:01:47 PM

  • Research on Effective Work-based Learning

    In a recent article in CenterPoint, the National Research Center for CTE reviewed a new publication that examines work-based learning (WBL) as an important component of secondary CTE programs.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:58:58 PM

  • STEM Career Interest on the Rise

    “Since the graduating class of 2004, overall interest in STEM majors and careers among high school seniors has increased by over 20 percent,” says a new report on STEM education from STEMconnector and My College Options.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:09:41 PM

  • House of Representatives Holds First Education and Workforce Hearing of New Congress

    The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held the biennial first hearing of the new Congress yesterday. Titled “Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces,” the hearing was a general overview of the status of education and the workforce today, and where the committee should be focusing its efforts going forward. Members of the committee also used the time to stake out their positions for this legislative session.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:09:05 PM

  • Low Dropout Rates for Massachusetts CTE

    A new paper examines the low dropout rates in Massachusetts vocational technical schools and uses case studies to illustrate effective strategies for encouraging student attendance, engagement and completion.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:04:17 PM

  • High School Grad Rates Improve

    The national high school graduation rate has continued to rise, with 78.2 percent of students who began as freshmen four years prior receiving a diploma in 2009-2010, according to new National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data. In related findings, the dropout rate fell to 3.4 percent.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 3:03:03 PM

  • Data Driven: CTSOs Are Key to Engagement, Achievement

    As we approach CTE Month in February, I want to recognize the important role CTSOs play in engaging and preparing students for their futures. The finding above is from original research published by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education that compared high school students in CTE classes with a CTSO, CTE classes without a CTSO and non-CTE classes. The researchers found a positive association between CTSO participation and a wide variety of indicators of college and career readiness.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 2:56:28 PM

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