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CTE Gets Attention During ESEA Accountability Hearing


May 7, 2013


CTE Gets Attention During ESEA Accountability Hearing

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing today, May 7, titled “Raising the Bar: Exploring State and Local Efforts to Improve Accountability.” Testifying at today’s hearing were several state and local education leaders, as well as an education support provider:

With the impending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the hearing focused on what the proper federal role should be in holding schools accountable for student outcomes. Through this discussion, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) highlighted the importance not tracking students for either college preparedness or career preparedness. Instead, schools should be aligning career and technical education and academic courses to ensure students are graduating college and career ready.

Mr. White and Dr. Richardson followed up on Rep. Brooks’ comments by emphasizing the importance of a seamless program through graduation that allows students the opportunity to explore CTE and earn some type of postsecondary credit.

Mr. Gordon offered perhaps the best comments for CTE by stating “we have to abandon the notion that the old fashioned wood shop is career and technical education,” instead we need to think of construction industries, STEM industries, school-to-apprenticeships  and technical programs that allow access to postsecondary advancement. He continued that, in Cleveland, their goal is that at graduation every student should have access to a high wage career and the opportunity for postsecondary advancement, regardless of the program chosen.

Other topics discussed during the hearing included school improvement models, student equity, school nurses, parental involvement and school choice. The committee has made the video of the hearing available online for those who are interested in viewing the testimony and questioning.

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