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  • Standards « NASDCTEc Blog
    American education Duncan highlighted the Obama Administration s achievements and challenges over the last four years and offered his take on the obstacles facing public schools in the years ahead Chief among the Department s endeavors are raising standards improving student performance reducing dropout rates and strengthening the teaching profession But as we in the CTE community know education also plays an important role in strengthening the economy and closing the skills gap Said Duncan With more than three million unfilled jobs in this country the public understand s that we have a skills gap that will only be closed if America does a better job training and preparing people for work The public supports investing in education but as Duncan pointed out they worry about where the money will come from Duncan laid out the areas where there is still work to be done including reforming CTE programs in high schools and community colleges state driven accountability recruiting more math and science teachers and closing the skills gap By Nancy in Public Policy Tags accountability common core state standards community colleges funding future Graduation Rates Job training Public Policy Secretary Duncan skills gap Standards STEM teachers Legislative Update Alternative Certification Career Academies Friday July 27th 2012 House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Alternative Certification The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing this week to examine alternative certification of teachers The topic is a timely one given its connection to defining highly qualified teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act In 2010 Congress passed legislation that allowed students enrolled in alternative certification programs to be considered highly qualified teachers The House Labor HHS Education appropriations bill seeks to extend this definition for two more years There was general support for alternative routes to certification on both sides of the aisle during the hearing Chairman of the subcommittee Rep Duncan Hunter CA had this to say Alternative certification routes help address teacher shortages in particular geographic areas and subject matter as well as strengthen the overall quality of the teaching profession While Republicans know there is no one size fits all federal solution to help put more effective teachers in the classroom supporting the availability and acceptance of alternative certification programs is one way the public and private sectors can join together to ensure more students have access to a quality education from an extraordinary educator Cynthia Brown Vice President for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress agreed that alternative certification programs hold a lot of promise but that there need to be policies in place to ensure that they are high quality innovative and effective which also holds true for traditional teacher preparation programs She suggested that Congress focus on teacher effectiveness rather than alternative routes to certification More Details on Career Academies Proposal Last week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Academy Foundation s NEXT Conference about the President s FY13 budget proposal to invest 1 billion in career academies Funding at this level could increase the number of career academies by 3 000 and serve an additional 500 000 students According to Duncan 200 million in grants to states would be available in FY13 and 400 million would be available in both FY14 and FY15 Grants to would total 4 million each to states and would be given over a three year period States would distribute those funds competitively to locals As part of the grant program the Department of Education is proposing a definition of career academy that each state must use for the in state competition A career academy is a secondary school program as organized as a small learning com munity or school within a school to provide the support of a personalized learning environment The academy must begin in ninth grade and combine credit bearing academic and techni cal curriculum The academy must organize curriculum around a career theme like those proposed by NAF hospitality and tourism IT health sci ence and engineering and be aligned with states college and career ready standards The academy must provide work based learning and career exploration activities through partnerships with local employers The academy must articulate entrance re quirements of postsecondary education programs to ensure students graduate from high school ready to pursue a higher education degree or credential Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags Alternative Certification career academies Career Exploration college and career readiness Congress credentials federal grants funding highly qualified teachers NCLB ESEA Secondary Secretary Duncan small learning communities Standards Teacher Shortage teachers NASDCTEc Unveils Common Standards for Career Technical Education Tuesday June 19th 2012 Career Technical Education CTE State Directors unveiled the Common Career Technical Core CCTC a shared set of high quality CTE standards The CCTC is a state led initiative to ensure that CTE programs are consistent and high quality across our nation Career Technical Education State Directors have put to action their vision for all CTE programs to meet consistent and rigorous standards by coordinating the development of the Common Career Technical Core said Dr Patrick Ainsworth President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and CTE State Director The CCTC which was developed with input from education and industry experts will help to ensure that our nation s students are poised to meet the education and workforce demands of the global economy States may voluntarily adopt the CCTC which will complement and support other comprehensive college and career ready standards such as the Common Core State Standards CCSS in English Language Arts and mathematics Over the course of the next year NASDCTEc will launch an initiative to coordinate a comprehensive gap analysis to compare each state s current course level standards against the CCTC program level standards to determine alignment The gap analysis will be conducted by a team of third party experts to ensure quality and consistency across the states DOWNLOAD the CCTC Standards here Erin Uy Communications

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  • Upcoming Webinar: The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards « NASDCTEc Blog
    College and Career Readiness Effective Models On Demand Webinars 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 CTE Research Review CTE Research Review Upcoming Webinar The Common Career Technical Core Programs of Study Industry Based Standards In 2012 NASDCTEc released the Common Career Technical Core a set of standards developed by states that lay out what a student should know and be able to do upon completion of a program of study Since the Common Career Technical Core CCTC were released a common question asked is how do the CCTC relate to industry based standards Join NASDCTEc on a webinar on July 29 2014 at 3 00 pm ET to discuss our new report The Common Career Technical Core Programs of Study Industry Based Standards which analyzed a range of industry based standards to help clarify how they might fit into a program of study undergirded by the CCTC the methodology used and its implications for the field Register here Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director Tags Common Career Technical Core Standards This entry was posted on Tuesday July 8th 2014 at 6 43 am and is filed under Common Career Technical Core Meetings and Events Webinars 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 International CTE Archives Select Month January 2016 2 December 2015

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  • November 19 Webinar on the State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards – Register NOW « NASDCTEc Blog
    CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee NASDCTEc Participates in Congressional Briefing on Perkins Legislative Update NDD Advocates Seek End to Sequestration Ahead of Budget Committee November 19 Webinar on the State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards Register NOW If you haven t yet registered this is a reminder to register now for an upcoming NASDCTEc webinar on The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards Join the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc and field experts as they share the major findings from their recently released national report comparing each state s Career Technical Education CTE standards and the major policy levers and structures that support the adoption and implementation of CTE standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards is the first ever report to analyze all state CTE standards using a common benchmark the Common Career Technical Core setting a new baseline for understanding CTE across the country Speakers and panelists include Kimberly Green NASDCTEc Executive Director Marie Barry State Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education New Jersey Department of Education and Past President of NASDCTEc NCTEF Douglas R Major Superintendent CEO Meridian Technology Center Stillwater OK and President of the Association for Career and Technical Education ACTE and Timothy Lawrence Executive Director SkillsUSA The webinar moderator is Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director NASDCTEc When November 19 2013 Time 3 p m 4 p m Eastern Link to register https cisco webex com cisco onstage g php d 200739377 t a Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags Common Career Technical Core Standards This entry was posted on Friday November 15th 2013 at 2 06 pm and

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  • Reminder to Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Broadcast on November 19 – The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Friends of CTE Blog Series Career Technical Education s Role in Achieving Talent Sustainability Legislative Update Budget Conference Committee to Reconvene Next Week Reminder to Register Now for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Broadcast on November 19 The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards This is a reminder to register now for an upcoming NASDCTEc webinar on The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards Join the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc and field experts as they share the major findings from their recently released national report comparing each state s Career Technical Education CTE standards and the major policy levers and structures that support the adoption and implementation of CTE standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards is the first ever report to analyze all state CTE standards using a common benchmark the Common Career Technical Core setting a new baseline for understanding CTE across the country When November 19 2013 Time 3 p m 4 p m Eastern Link to register https cisco webex com cisco onstage g php d 200739377 t a Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags Common Career Technical Core Standards This entry was posted on Friday November 8th 2013 at 10 15 am and is filed under Webinars 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

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  • Announcing Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Broadcast on November 19 – The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 College Board PDK Publication Examines Benefits of CTE Fall Meeting Recap Top Tweets Announcing Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Broadcast on November 19 The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards Register now for an upcoming NASDCTEc webinar on The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards Join the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc and field experts as they share the major findings from their recently released national report comparing each state s Career Technical Education CTE standards and the major policy levers and structures that support the adoption and implementation of CTE standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels The State of Career Technical Education An Analysis of State CTE Standards is the first ever report to analyze all state CTE standards using a common benchmark the Common Career Technical Core setting a new baseline for understanding CTE across the country When November 19 2013 Time 3 p m 4 p m Eastern Link to register https cisco webex com cisco onstage g php d 200739377 t a Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags Common Career Technical Core Standards This entry was posted on Friday November 1st 2013 at 5 22 am and is filed under Webinars 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

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  • State-Driven Group Releases Next Generation Science Standards « NASDCTEc Blog
    Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee NASDCTEc and ACTE Release Response to President s Budget Obama FY14 Budget Proposal Impact on CTE State Driven Group Releases Next Generation Science Standards A consortium of states released this week the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS a final set of internationally benchmarked science standards that identify practices and content that all K 12 students should master in order to be college and career ready Teams from 26 states worked for 2 years with a writing team to develop the NGSS The state driven process was managed by Achieve and was primarily funded by the Carnegie Corporation The NGSS are based on a Framework for K 12 Science Education published by the National Academies National Research Council in 2011 Rather than focusing solely on practice the standards also bring a stronger focus to science content and a greater emphasis to critical thinking The NGSS are research based and take into account research on how students learn science most effectively striving for a more holistic investigative approach to science Susan Codere a project coordinator for NGSS in Michigan emphasized the importance of preparing students to be both college ready and career ready Codere said of the NGSS Our conversation about education always includes workforce training Whenever we adopt a new set of standards we make sure to promote the opportunities the standards afford not just in terms of college readiness but in terms of workforce readiness That s particularly relevant with the NGSS The NGSS can be viewed here Kara Herbertson Research and Policy Manager Tags Standards STEM This entry was posted on Thursday April 11th 2013 at 10 46 am and is filed under News Resources You can follow any responses

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  • Michigan: Statewide Articulation Agreement Joins Four-Year Private University « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Weather Prompts Rescheduling of Webinar Senate Jobs Bill Stalled Michigan Statewide Articulation Agreement Joins Four Year Private University A recent move by a private four year college in Michigan to engage in a statewide articulation agreement signals another step forward for career technical education CTE The plan which allows students to earn up to 24 transferable academic credits while in CTE high schools and tech centers is an indicator that education and policy leaders recognize the true value and quality of CTE courses and programs The agreement between Michigan Office of Career and Technical Education and Davenport University was featured in a recent Inside Higher Ed article which noted that the articulation plan was not unique but certainly atypical CTE still has more traction to gain but the recent news at a statewide scale is encouraging The article In Michigan All Hands on Deck quoted David Fleming Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics at Davenport University who said mythology persists that technical education is still wood shop that students go into it to avoid taking some of the more rigorous academic courses and that there s no way that applied physics taught in a career technical program can be as good as regular physics taught at a traditional high school This articulation agreement counters that notion he added But this idea that you can t learn physics is busted when a university is ready to give credit for it This changes the game and from my point of view it s the reason we jumped at this Flanagan said in the article Such is the case in Pennsylvania said State Director Lee Burket of the Pennsylvania s Bureau of Career and Technical Education who noted a statewide articulation process in which all colleges must participate if they receive Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act funds Through the articulation program a handful of private two year institutions and at least two independent four year colleges accept academic credits from secondary programs that meet particular alignment standards The articulation agreement in Pennsylvania has demonstrated positive outcomes on a range of fronts said Burket noting that students have credited the articulation plans for creating pathways that encouraged them to pursue postsecondary education Given projections that postsecondary experience and accreditations will be of higher demand in coming years it appears that states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania are on the right track with their CTE endeavors Tags Articulation Public Policy This entry was posted on Thursday February 11th 2010 at 12 49 pm and is filed under 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

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  • State Policy Update: New Middle-Skill Job Fact Sheets; NGA Awards Funding to 14 States « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Achieving Excellence in the New School Year Rebel Construction at Tolsia High CTE Research Review State Policy Update New Middle Skill Job Fact Sheets NGA Awards Funding to 14 States Across the country employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill critical middle skill jobs These positions which require some postsecondary education but not a bachelor s degree constitute the majority of the U S labor market but new analysis from the National Skills Coalition NSC indicates that there aren t nearly enough qualified American workers to fill middle skill openings hampering states economies from growing and employers from hiring Earlier this week NSC released a set of 50 state fact sheets that examines these forgotten middle skill jobs Analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Community Survey NSC found that middle skill jobs account for 54 percent of the U S labor market but only 44 percent of workers fit into the middle skill cohort Conversely the analysis showed a large surplus of low skilled workers competing for low skilled jobs and a smaller but similar surplus for high skill workers and jobs Career Technical Education helps to bridge these gaps in key industries Students with a CTE related associate s degree or credential can earn up to 19 000 more per year than those with a comparable humanities degree NGA Awards Funding to 14 States The National Governors Association recently awarded grant funding to 14 states in an effort to help align education and training systems to the needs of the state economies As a postsecondary degree or certificate rapidly becomes the new minimum for citizens to gain access to the middle class and beyond states are looking to maximize their role in promoting collaboration among state agencies technical training and education institutions to ensure business and industry have the skilled workforce they need to succeed and grow With the grant money states are intended to make progress in the following areas Articulate and implement a strong vision connecting the education and training systems with the needs of the economy Integrate and use education and workforce data to inform policy track progress and measure success Build industry and education partnerships and Modify the use of resources and incentives to support attainment of the integrated vision Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags middle skill jobs National Governors Association National Skills Coalition This entry was posted on Friday August 29th 2014 at 12 25 pm and is filed under Public Policy Research 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

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