Data-driven Decision-making for CTE Educators
March 19, 2013
By: Ann Ultsch, ACTE intern
Recently, an article in the Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development reported on the development of a research-based intervention for professional development in CTE using data-driven methods.
This NOCTI intervention program, called Career and Technical Educators Using a Data Driven Improvement Model (or CTEDDI), was implemented in five states in spring 2010. The pilot program aimed to break away from using standardized testing to evaluate teachers and student achievement, instead empowering CTE administrators and educators to enrich classroom practice, capture student interest and effectively target individual and group learning needs. The program is designed so educators can analyze datasets from their programs and develop an applicable individualized plan for their students. It offers:
- Training that is highly interactive and customized
- Professional development that is a year-long process, including ongoing mentoring
- Educators using their own students' data to create classroom- and student-level instructional improvement plans
- Educators participating in an online collaborative community of practice with educators across the country
- Educators learning to make systematic, strategic instructional changes that can result in higher student scores and teacher performance evaluations
Results of the pilot program showed that the main benefit was the ability to individualize the action plans, and made clear that data driven decision making in education is here to stay. The NOCTI team used the results from the pilot semester to alter the intervention to better help CTE educators in the future.
CTEDDI technical assistance is available at the secondary and postsecondary level for states, districts and schools.
Ann Ultsch is an intern with the ACTE Public Policy Department and a student at Wittenberg University in Ohio studying political science and English.
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