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  • ACTE Releases Higher Ed Priorities

    ACTE released its reauthorization priorities for the Higher Education Act (HEA) to ensure consideration of CTE programs at sub-baccalaureate institutions as an equal postsecondary option to four-year institutions and to include the students of those institutions equally in consideration of financial aid and data collection.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/3/2013 5:23:58 PM

  • Many Parents Want CTE in Schools, Study Finds

    Results from a Fordham Institute online survey of 2,000 American parents found that respondents largely want the same things for their children from education: a strong core curriculum in reading and math; an emphasis on STEM education; and the instilment of strong study habits, critical thinking skills and communication skills. In addition, out of a battery of potential school characteristics deemed critical by parents, "hands-on/project-based learning" and "vocational classes or job-related programs" were ranked more critical than average.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/30/2013 1:29:41 PM

  • Common Core History Clearly Documented

    As the deadline for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation approaches, more questions are being asked about the development and requirements of the Standards. The Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) has produced a publication that may be the best documentation of the CCSS movement and what the standards do.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/29/2013 2:52:08 PM

  • Department Rewards AP, CTE Left Out

    The U.S. Department of Education announced $28 million in grants have been awarded to 42 states to cover the costs of Advanced Placement (AP) exams for low-income students.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/29/2013 9:47:15 AM

  • Kansas Law Leads to 50 Percent Jump in High Schoolers Taking College CTE

    The number of high school students taking CTE courses at community and technical colleges in Kansas increased by about 50 percent in the 2012-2013 school year, the first year of new legislation that places the responsibility for paying for those credits on the state, according to Celia Llopis-Jepsen of CJOnline.com.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/27/2013 12:01:32 PM

  • ACT Report: Mismatch Between Student Interests and Job Projections

    2013 ACT-tested graduates continue to struggle to meet ACT's benchmarks for readiness, while expressing little interest in STEM and fast-growing career fields. These findings were highlighted in ACT's most recent publication on The Condition of College and Career Readiness.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/27/2013 2:10:58 PM

  • Pennsylvania ESEA Waiver Includes CTE

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education approved Pennsylvania’s application to waive key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind. Pennsylvania’s waiver was the 41st approved since the department began issuing waiver in 2011.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/23/2013 4:34:40 PM

  • President Announces Higher Ed Plan

    In a press release this morning, President Barack Obama announced his plan to improve postsecondary education access and affordability. Over the past few years, the President has continually professed his support for community colleges and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, and this new proposal looks to build on those efforts through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/23/2013 4:34:40 PM

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