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  • CTE: Opening Doors for All Students

    Upon reading Michael J. Petrilli’s recent article, “Kid, I’m Sorry, but You’re Just Not College Material,” I was encouraged to see a major publication shining light on some of the many benefits that career and technical education (CTE) has to offer. However, there is a key point that my colleagues at the Association for Career and Technical Education I and feel is important to emphasize in this discussion: CTE is a component of academically challenging, rigorous education for all students, be they high-fliers or at-risk.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/25/2014 12:56:43 PM

  • Department of Education Holds CTSO Leadership Briefing

    On February 19, 2014, the Department of Education organized a special event for CTE Month to spotlight four student leaders from Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) that are bringing career and technical education (CTE) beyond the classroom.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/21/2014 3:49:55 PM

  • States Adopt CCR Standards, Varying Policies and Supports in Place

    According to an Achieve report charting state progress on policies that support college and career readiness, all states have adopted college and career readiness (CCR) standards but few states have in place a full complement of policies and supports in four areas--standards, graduation requirements, assessments and accountability--to facilitate implementation.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 12/16/2013 1:04:15 PM

  • Few States Have Defined Career Readiness

    How are states defining career readiness? According to a new report from the Center on Education Policy, based on a survey of CTE leaders in 46 states (including the District of Columbia), not many are defining it at all.  Only 14 states have a statewide definition of career readiness, and in only 3 of these states is the definition distinct from the definition of college readiness.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 11/7/2013 1:58:30 PM

  • Caterpillar Exec Advocates for CTE at U.S. Chamber Event

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held a conference titled "Connecting the Dots: Education, Policy, Workforce." Kimberly Hauer, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Caterpillar provided compelling remarks supporting CTE and other issues.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/19/2013 4:52:31 PM

  • Public Perceives a Lack of Workforce Preparedness in U.S. Schools

    In two recent U.S. public opinion polls, less than half of respondents reported that students are being well prepared for the workforce.  This lack of confidence in students' career readiness points to a need for more high-quality CTE, which excels at preparing youth and adults for college and career through its integrated approach to technical, academic and employability skills.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/3/2013 5:27:07 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

  • 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

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