More States Adopt Career Readiness Policies, Says EdWeek Quality Counts Report
January 16, 2013
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 Counts’ Transitions 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.
CTE Policy Watch Blog
Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a