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More States Adopt Career Readiness Policies, Says EdWeek Quality Counts Report

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January 16, 2013

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More States Adopt Career Readiness Policies, Says EdWeek Quality Counts Report

More than half of the United States has implemented all four education-workforce alignment policies measured by Education Week in their 2013 edition of the Quality Countsreport card, including:

  • K-12 education system defines work readiness
  • State offers standard high school diploma with career specialization
  • K-12 system offers pathway leading to industry-recognized credential or license
  • K-12 system offers pathway to earn credits to transfer to postsecondary education

According to the report, more states than ever are adopting these policies, including 38 states that are defining work readiness and 44 states that are offering students a high school diploma with a career specialization. Twenty-eight states have implemented all four policies.

The economy and workforce policies are part of Quality CountsTransitions and Alignments category, which looks at the alignment of the education pipeline when students enter and exit the K-12 system, including early childhood education and college and career readiness. For the first time ever, a state—Georgia—received a perfect score in this category, having implemented all the recommended policies.

The report also used a Chance for Success index to examine state-by-state how education aligns to life outcomes, including the percentage of adults with a two- or four-year college degree, the percentage of adults with incomes at or above the national median and the percentage of adults in the full-time, year-round labor force. Massachusetts continued to lead in this category.

Overall, the nation received a C-plus grade for all indicators, slightly better than last year’s C grade. Maryland continued its
streak as the highest-rated state across the board—see how your state measured up. In addition to the annual review of the states, Quality Counts this year also addressed school climate, safety and discipline.

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