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  • Meeting with Office of Management and Budget « NASDCTEc Blog
    CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Luncheon to discuss NCLB reauthorization more questions than answers The Role of STEM Education in the Growing Green Collar Economy Meeting with Office of Management and Budget This week Kim Green and I along with Steve DeWitt and Jamie Baxter from ACTE had a positive meeting at the Office of Management and Budget to discuss future Perkins funding We met with David Rowe the Education Branch Chief and Christine Leininger the program examiner responsible for career technical education within the education branch These two people play a critical role in the White House budget development process as OMB is part of the Executive Office of the President They are just beginning their work on NEXT year s budget proposal Here is how the process works Starting this week each agency submits their initial budget request to OMB Over the course of the next two months or so OMB and the agency discuss priorities goals of the Administration and budget realities to come up with the request that will be included in the President s budget for each department Around Thanksgiving OMB lets each department know what the President s request will be In DC terms this is known as the pass back While there may be some tweaking of the numbers over the ensuing several weeks essentially this is the FY 2011 budget proposal that will be introduced by the President the first week of February and considered by Congress We let Mr Rowe and Ms Leininger know about changes and innovations that are taking place as a result of Perkins IV and talked about how the goals of the programs align with many of the Obama Administration s priorities While it was important that we got to share this type of information with them what was encouraging is that they were both knowledgeable about CTE and asked many questions about how the money is being spent accountability demographics of students and programs data collection and the various priorities for Perkins state by state We are going to be cultivating our relationship with OMB sharing information data and resources This was a good first step in building a very important long term partnership Tags advocacy funding Office of Management and Budget Perkins president Public Policy This entry was posted on Wednesday September 16th 2009 at 8 19 am and is filed under Legislation Meetings and Events Public Policy You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside

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  • race to the top « NASDCTEc Blog
    Top Creates Focus on STEM Initiatives Friday September 10th 2010 With the announcement of the 10 Race to the Top Finalists comes an increased emphasis on STEM education improvement The U S Department of Education classified STEM as a competitive preference priority on the Race to the Top application in the hopes of encouraging states to increase these types of programs A recent blog from Education Week STEM Education to Get Boost From Race to Top Winners highlights this focus on STEM by providing examples of how select states are using their grants to implement new STEM initiatives including Ohio plans to increase the amount of STEM programs and support services to low achieving schools to enhance STEM oriented early college high school programs and to strengthen existing STEM schools and programs to eventually act as professional development sites Maryland will develop elementary STEM standards and create an elementary STEM teaching certificate The State Department of Education also plans to establish a partnership with the Maryland Business Roundtable in support of strengthening STEM standards and instruction North Carolina plans to create a number of exemplar high schools each focused on a different STEM theme e g biotechnology aerospace These schools will serve as models and residency sites providing high level STEM curriculum STEM is one CTE area that is in high demand for students as well as qualified teachers A recent report from Georgetown University stated that by 2018 there will be 8 million STEM jobs available In addition a report from the National Association for Alternative Certification focusing on the need for qualified STEM teachers noted that Just 23 of 12th grade students scored at or above the proficient level in math on the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress NAEP Both of these statistics show the need for enhanced STEM initiatives With the Race to the Top grant money states will be able to provide additional funding for these types of programs in the hopes of addressing the current and future needs of STEM in both education and the workforce By Nancy in News Public Policy Tags race to the top STEM Race to the Top Assessment Winners Announced Thursday September 2nd 2010 Today the Department of Education announced more than 330 million in Race to the Top assessment grant awards to the consortia of states that submitted applications The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers PARCC will receive 170 million and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium SBAC will receive 160 million The goal of these two consortia is to develop a new generation of math and English language arts assessments for third grade through high school that will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards The assessments will be put into place by the 2014 2015 school year PARCC is a coalition of 26 states and will test students ability to read complex text complete research projects excel at classroom speaking and listening assignments and work with digital media The consortia will replace the single year end high stakes test with a series of assessments given throughout the year PARCC s application stated that its assessment system will provide the tools needed to identify whether students from grade 3 through high school are on a trajectory for postsecondary success and critically where gaps may exist and how they can be remediated well before students enter college or the workforce SBAC is comprised of 31 states that will test students using computer adaptive technology that will ask students tailored questions based on their previous answers The consortia will still use a single test at the end of the year for accountability purposes but will create a series of interim tests throughout the year to let students parents and teachers know whether students are on track You can see which states are included in both of the consortia here In a speech this morning at Achieve Inc Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that states in both consortia have agreed to set the same achievement levels or cut scores on their assessments and that the Department will ask them to collaborate to make sure student test results are comparable across participating states Duncan also laid out how these assessments differ from existing state tests including the use of smart technology immediate feedback accommodations and the use of formative assessments that document student growth Finally he said that for the first time the new assessments will better measure the higher order thinking skills so vital to success in the global economy of the 21 st century and the future of American prosperity To be on track today for college and careers students need to show that they can analyze and solve complex problems communicate clearly synthesize information apply knowledge and generalize learning to other settings As you may be aware there was a third group of states the State Consortium on Board Examination Systems that applied for 30 million in funding under the competition to support assessments at the high school level However this group did not win an award By Nancy in News Public Policy Tags accountability assessments college and career readiness common core state standards federal grants funding global competition Public Policy race to the top Secondary Secretary Duncan Ten Race to the Top Winners Announced Tuesday August 24th 2010 Today Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the round two winners of the 3 4 billion in Race to the Top grants These winners are Florida Georgia Hawaii Massachusetts Maryland New York North Carolina Ohio Rhode Island Washington D C The 10 winning States have adopted rigorous common college and career ready standards in reading and math created pipelines and incentives to put the most effective teachers in high need schools and have alternative pathways to teacher and principal certification There was no immediate word on how much money each winner will receive but awards will be based on States student population In the first round of grants Delaware was awarded 100 million and

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  • Now Open: Race to the Top District Competition « NASDCTEc Blog
    Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee New Data Tool Provides Context on Education Topics Dr Bob Couch Honored by South Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education Now Open Race to the Top District Competition After revising the proposed criteria announced last May the U S Department of Education released on Friday the finalized application for the Race to the Top District grant competition Districts are eligible to apply for the grants which will provide nearly 400 million to support local reform efforts if they meet the 2 000 student threshold and implement teacher principal and superintendent evaluations by the 2014 2015 school year Beginning in December ED expects to award 15 to 25 district grants ranging from 5 million to 40 million Preference will be offered to applicants that form partnerships with public and private organizations The competition will be based on a 200 point grading scale with the following categories Personalized learning components 40 points Vision for reform 4o points Prior academic track record and district transparency 45 points Continuous improvement 30 points District policy and infrastructure 25 points Budget and sustainability 20 points Applications are due October 30th The finalized application does not include some items proposed earlier this year such as performance evaluations of school board members and includes a maximum grant award of 40 million rather than 25 million as written in the initial proposal Access the Race to the Top District application here and learn more on the ED Web site Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst Tags race to the top This entry was posted on Monday August 13th 2012 at 7 42 am and is filed under Public Policy You can follow any responses to this entry

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  • New District-Level Race to the Top Competition Announced « NASDCTEc Blog
    Committee May CTE Monthly Newsletter Tools for Calculating Return on Investment Agriculture Food Natural Resources Career Spotlight Legislative Update Appropriations Election 2012 New District Level Race to the Top Competition Announced The U S Department of Education today announced the proposed criteria for a new district level Race to the Top grant program Like the original Race to the Top grants the district level completion will revolve around four reform areas higher standards data driven decision making greater support for teachers and turning around low performing schools School districts may compete for a piece of the 400 million pot by showing how their plans for individualized classroom instruction will help close achievement gaps and prepare all students for college and career With this competition we are inviting districts to show us how they can personalize education for a set of students in their schools We need to take classroom learning beyond a one size fits all model and bring it into the 21 st century Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said School districts or groups of districts serving at least 2 500 students with 40 percent or more qualifying for free or reduced price lunch are eligible to apply Awards will range from 15 million to 25 million depending on the population of students served You may submit comments by June 8 on the district level Race to the Top program here The Department has stated that it plans to release the application in July and that it will be due in October Grant awards will be announced no later than Dec 31 2012 Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags college and career readiness Data federal grants funding Public Policy race to the top school reform school turnaround Secondary Secretary Duncan Standards teachers This entry was posted on Tuesday May

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  • school reform « NASDCTEc Blog
    served You may submit comments by June 8 on the district level Race to the Top program here The Department has stated that it plans to release the application in July and that it will be due in October Grant awards will be announced no later than Dec 31 2012 Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags college and career readiness Data federal grants funding Public Policy race to the top school reform school turnaround Secondary Secretary Duncan Standards teachers Legislative Update Summer Jobs TANF Extended Race to the Top Friday January 6th 2012 Happy New Year Congress is currently on recess The House is scheduled to return on January 17 2012 and the Senate will return on January 23 2012 Summer Jobs Aims to Increase Youth Employment Yesterday President Obama unveiled Summer Jobs an initiative that brings together businesses non profits and government to provide pathways to employment for low income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012 The President originally proposed investing in summer youth employment as part of the American Jobs Act which failed to pass Congress As a result of Congressional inaction the private sector has already pledged to create 180 000 employment opportunities for low income youth this summer The administration hopes that a total of 250 000 opportunities will be available this summer at least 100 000 of which will be paid jobs and internships America s young people face record unemployment and we need to do everything we can to make sure they ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job It s important for their future and for America s said President Obama Payroll Tax Cut and TANF Extended for Two Months Before recess the House and Senate passed a two month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families The bill also extends Unemployment Insurance and the Medicare doc fix for two months The Senate has appointed conferees on the original House passed payroll tax bill and House Minority Leader Pelosi appointed House Democratic conferees to work out a year long extension Race to the Top Awards Announced The U S Department of Education announced the seven winners of round three of the Race to the Top competition The winning states Arizona Colorado Illinois Kentucky Louisiana New Jersey and Pennsylvania will each receive a share the 200 million grant This round focuses on comprehensive statewide reform as well as improving STEM education The seven winning applications include commitments to enhance data systems raise academic standards improve principal and teacher support and evaluation systems and implement school interventions in underperforming schools Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Tags President Obama race to the top school reform STEM summer youth TANF unemployment insurance youth employment Obama Replace No Child Left Behind This Year Monday May 23rd 2011 In his weekly radio address President Barack Obama highlighted a Memphis school s

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  • school turnaround « NASDCTEc Blog
    Department has stated that it plans to release the application in July and that it will be due in October Grant awards will be announced no later than Dec 31 2012 Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags college and career readiness Data federal grants funding Public Policy race to the top school reform school turnaround Secondary Secretary Duncan Standards teachers Senate House Committee Staff Discuss Direction for Accountability in ESEA Wednesday June 29th 2011 At a briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill staff members from the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP and the House Education and the Workforce Committee spoke about the school turnaround process and the new direction of accountability in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA A staff member of the Senate HELP Committee expressed support for the accountability roadmap designed by the Council of Chief State School Officers CCSSO as a model for states to follow when creating accountability systems Read more about CCSSO s accountability roadmap on the NASDCTEc blog Systems modeled after the roadmap would still be required to meet high standards but they would also be provided with more feedback and support to help schools make continuous improvements The staffer commented that the HELP Committee would still focus on performance targets in ESEA reauthorization but that targets will be more realistic To improve the school turnaround process the staffer said that starting points for the Committee include looking at data autonomy school readiness community buy in and student supports A staff member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee found a great deal of common ground in the House and the Senate s views on ESEA reauthorization but he said that the fundamental difference is in what each sees as the appropriate role of federal government in education According to the staffer the Committee is first looking at the progress made at the state and local level and attempting not to interfere with this progress The Committee s primary concern is deciding for what schools should be accountable and to whom they should be accountable Both Committees agree that data collection and analysis are key components of the school improvement process The House is expected to present an accountability bill this fall that will be the fifth and final piece of its ESEA reauthorization package So far the House has approved the first and second bills in this series By Kara in News Public Policy Tags accountability Congress Data NCLB ESEA school turnaround House ESEA Hearing Highlights CTE as a Turnaround Model Thursday May 20th 2010 On Wednesday the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on Research and Best Practices on Successful School Turnaround which looked at ways to turn around the lowest performing schools which produce the highest numbers of dropouts In his opening remarks Chairman George Miller CA stated that one of the biggest problems to be addressed in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education

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  • Illinois Pathways Initiative Launched « NASDCTEc Blog
    of CTE Guest Blog Series Partnerships Between CTE and CTSOs Have a Meaningful Impact Illinois Pathways Initiative Launched According to the Illinois Pathways Press Release Governor Pat Quinn joined business and education leaders to launch the Illinois Pathways Initiative an innovative public private partnership between Illinois public education institutions and the business community to foster Science Technology Engineering and Math STEM learning Funded through the state s secured Race to the Top funds Illinois Pathways will help prepare students for college and careers in new and growing fields As part of Governor Quinn s agenda to reform and improve education in Illinois this initiative will provide for strong collaboration in Illinois business and education communities to prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow Groups that collaborated in this STEM education initiative designed to support college and career readiness for all students include Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Community College Board Illinois Board of Higher Education Illinois Student Assistance Commission Illinois Department of Employment Security P 20 STEM Program of Study Clusters include Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Architecture and Construction Energy Finance Health Science Information Technology Manufacturing Research and Development Transportation Distribution and Logistics Illinois State Director and NASDCTEc Board Member Mark Williams said These new public private partnerships will bring together schools industry and other partners so that students will have a real connection to the world of STEM and those who have made these fields their career To learn more about the State s STEM education efforts e mail ilpathways illinois gov More Information Illinois Pathways Web Site Illinois Pathways Press Release PDF Illinois Pathways Launch Event PowerPoint PDF Illinois Pathways flyer Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags Career Clusters college and career readiness funding race to the

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  • Budget Level Funds Perkins; Invests in Career Academies and Community Colleges « NASDCTEc Blog
    Committee CTE in the News Maine Governor Proposes Expansion of CTE Education Reform Studies Indicate Positive Outcomes for Dual Enrollment Students Budget Level Funds Perkins Invests in Career Academies and Community Colleges President Obama released his FY13 budget today and there is good news for CTE The President proposed level funding for the Perkins Basic State Grants and plans to release a reauthorization proposal that would restructure CTE to align what students learn in school with the demands of 21 st Century jobs While the budget does not include specifics about what this proposal will look like a budget summary released by the Department of Education states that their proposal would increase the rigor and relevance of CTE and strengthen connections between secondary and postsecondary education In addition to Perkins Act funding the budget proposes an investment of 1 billion over three years to scale up career academies Some other highlights of the budget that may be of interest Community Colleges The budget includes funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training TAA CCCT program which provides 2 billion over four years to help community colleges improve and expand their programs to meet local and regional labor market demands The Budget also funds a new Community College to Career Fund at 8 billion over three years which is designed to improve access to job training for two million individuals across the nation through State and community college partnerships with businesses Elementary and Secondary Education The budget would fund programs such as Race to the Top Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods The Administration also seeks to consolidate 38 programs into 11 competitive grant programs designed to allow States and districts more flexibility to use resources where they will have the greatest impact STEM The budget provides 80 million to prepare 100 000 effective STEM teachers and 30 million for a math education initiative jointly administered by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation to support evidence based approaches Pathways Back to Work Fund The budget includes 12 5 billion to support summer and year round jobs for low income youth and will help connect the long term unemployed and low income adults to subsidized employment and work based training opportunities Workforce Innovation Fund The budget proposes 125 million to spur job training innovation among States and localities through this program which will be jointly administered by the Departments of Labor and Education This competitive grant will be available to States and regions to implement bold systemic reforms that break down barriers between programs and provide rewards based on outcomes particularly in serving disadvantaged populations We are continuing to analyze the budget and will update you on any additional information that could impact CTE Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags budget business and industry career academies community colleges federal grants funding innovation grants Job training Perkins postsecondary president Public Policy race to the top Secondary STEM teachers workforce youth employment This entry was posted on Monday

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