February 12, 2015
ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her enthusiastic support for the Career Ready Act of 2015, introduced by U.S. Sens. Kaine (D-VA), Baldwin (D-WI) and Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus.
“I am pleased to voice my support for the Career Readiness Act as introduced today by Senators Kaine, Portman and Baldwin,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By encouraging greater use of career readiness performance indicators, we’re giving states and school districts the tools they need to ensure every student graduates college- and career- ready, and providing employers with meaningful data about student achievement. I also want to applaud these Senators’ recognition of the need to support career and guidance counselors in their work by creating increased professional development opportunities. In doing so, we can guide students to educational opportunities that will prepare them for workforce success in their local community and lay the foundation for America’s global economic competitiveness.”
Currently, 22 states publicly report on one or more career readiness indicators, such as student attainment of industry recognized certifications, achievement on skills assessments and earing dual enrollment credit. The Career Readiness Act would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to encourage states to report on career readiness data from their schools. By ensuring that this information is tracked and reported to the public, business and industry leaders will be able to better forecast for job creation and their future employment needs. Furthermore, by empowering career and guidance counselors with the training they need to research and understand local labor market information, the legislation would ensure that students will graduate equipped with the skills they will need as professionals and citizens.