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  • Achieve « NASDCTEc Blog
    Challenge A new survey from Achieve asked college faculty and employers who teach or hire recent high school graduates about their preparedness for college and careers This is the second release of Achieve s Rising to the Challenge survey The first release from late 2014 examined recent high school graduates views on their own preparedness The full survey is an update to a similar survey Achieve conducted in 2004 The results reveal many parallels to the students own responses in short that there is a pervasive opinion that public high schools are not doing enough to prepare students for the expectations they will face in college and the workplace Contrast those responses with those from the 2004 survey and the picture becomes even bleaker All three groups college faculty employers and students all agreed that to improve preparedness Communicate early in high school about the courses needed for college and careers Provide more opportunities for challenging courses and Offer more chances for real world learning Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Achieve career readiness credentials survey New Report Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards Friday December 21st 2012 The Common Core State Standards provide a strong platform for students to apply and master the skills they need and as students apply those skills they have more opportunities to fully master the content within the CCSS according to a recent analysis of the standards by Achieve The CCSS covers most of the skills in greatest demands by employers postsecondary institutions and society overall according to U nderstanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards The report suggests that because the skills working collectively thinking critically communicating effectively solving routine and nonroutine problems and analyzing information and data imparted by the CCSS are needed to excel in academic technical and life settings However the report also does note that some skills mostly technical or work based in nature such as career planning ethical reasoning and conflict resolution skills are simply outside the scope of the mathematics and ELA literacy CCSS The report identifies the level of preparation all students learning to the CCSS will acquire and offers insight into opportunities for Career Technical Education to help address career focused skills Learn more at http www achieve org skills ccss Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager By Erin in Publications Research Tags Achieve common core state standards skills Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series Next Generation Science Standards for Today s Students and Tomorrow s Workforce Wednesday March 14th 2012 Stephen L Pruitt Ph D was named Vice President of Content Research and Development at Achieve in November of 2010 He leads the development of the Next Generation Science Standards While more than 45 states are working diligently to implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts literacy there is another state led effort underway to develop common science standards or the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS As manager of this

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  • Illinois « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Posts Tagged Illinois CTE Research Review Leveraging CTE within Competency Based Education Thursday August 20th 2015 A new brief from Achieve and NASDCTEc argues that states can and should leverage CTE when considering how to move K 12 education toward a system marked by mastery not time The paper Building a Strong Relationship between Competency Based Pathways and Career Technical Education identifies the opportunities for collaboration and strengthened relationships as well the challenges of creating an integrated system Competency based pathways CBP have the potential to open new opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate their learning in meaningful ways To do this students should be able to access engaging learning opportunities that are grounded in application and relevant to their career goals a central focus of CTE This is why state leaders should consider how to ensure that CBP and CTE systems are aligned and mutually reinforcing In fact states that intentionally include CTE in their vision for CBP can use its inherently competency based elements to help break down the classroom walls that separate academics from CTE and by doing so can value learning where it happens and create opportunities for teachers to collaborate and innovate Leverage points can include Contextualized learning environments for all students Self directed pathways anchored in students career interests and inclusive of the full breadth of college and career ready knowledge and skills High quality experiential learning opportunities Project based learning as a platform for instruction CTE as a component of assessments to authentically measure student learning The brief also offers key points of consideration for states moving toward an integrated CBP system Incorporating CTE at the outset helps break down the historical silos that still exist within the education system Ensuring equitable student access to high quality CBP across CTE areas Building capacity for districts schools and educators to transition to an integrated CBP system Overcoming data and reporting challenges to capture student proficiency where it happens especially when it happens beyond the traditional school walls Recognizing that some elements of CTE programs are still beholden to time Crafting a thorough well executed communications plan to build buy in and understanding The brief includes state examples from Colorado Connecticut Illinois Kentucky Maine Michigan New Hampshire Ohio Oregon Rhode Island and Vermont Read more about how states are implementing CBP here Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Achieve Colorado competency based education Connecticut Illinois Kentucky Maine Michigan New Hampshire Ohio Oregon rhode island Vermont Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives

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  • Maine « NASDCTEc Blog
    web based tool from RTI International that pulls community college data from national state and local sources into one place for The Completion Arch Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Public Policy Research Webinars Tags data quality Florida Indiana Maine Maryland North Carolina Utah WDQC workforce data Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 3 Thursday June 26th 2014 Editor s Note This is part of a series that will highlight some of this year s major state legislative activity as it relates to Career Technical Education CTE Further explanation of the series can be found here and the previous installments here and here For a comprehensive look back at the 2013 legislative sessions check out the 2013 CTE Year in Review which was published jointly by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education in March Workforce development received a lot of attention from state legislatures this spring as lawmakers across the country created new apprenticeship programs and called on state workforce boards businesses and education entities to collaborate in order better address local labor market needs and skills gaps Apprenticeships Career Pathways and Tax Credits Several states created or expanded their apprenticeship programs in an effort to create a stronger pipeline of skilled talent in specific fields Both Indiana and Connecticut seized on tax credits as a means to encourage businesses to offer qualified apprenticeships In Indiana school districts and charter schools can now receive grants to support career pathways for high wage high demand jobs that require an industry recognized credential and includes a cooperative agreement with a business Also an employer that hires a student who has completed such program is eligible for a tax credit Indiana also set aside an additional 5 million for its Pathways for Academic Career and Employment a program first started in 2013 to provide partnerships between community colleges industry and nonprofits Iowa Governor Terry Branstad s proposed apprenticeship program also passed the legislature committing about 6 million for the Apprenticeship Training Program Fund and a job training program Sector Partnerships Alignment and Coordination Several state legislatures directed their workforce investment boards and other entities to determine local and regional workforce needs and to better align their work with counterparts in education and commerce In Alabama the state s workforce board was allocated 4 3 million for regions to determine local skill needs develop seamless educational pathways and align funding with identified local workforce needs The law also sets aside 600 000 for career coaches and an additional 200 000 for regional leadership planning efforts In a separate bill the state also created a workforce council to promote industry focused coordination between businesses and its P 12 and higher education systems Kentucky lawmakers required the state s Office of Education and Workforce Statistics to gather and disseminate employment and earnings data of public postsecondary graduates Meanwhile Oregonian lawmakers passed a bill to define a robust and effective workforce system by promoting coordination and collaboration of the state s

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  • Michigan « NASDCTEc Blog
    are serious about In Best of Both Worlds How Massachusetts Vocational Schools are Preparing Students for College and Careers we learn more about state policies that promote strong programming including the state s college and career ready course of study incentives for rigorous academic standards in its accountability system and capacity building support for locals The brief also highlights some of the state s vocational technical schools for their impressive student outcomes Finally the National Association of State Boards of Education NASBE has also released a new brief that examines the efforts of six states Arkansas Delaware District of Columbia Kentucky New Jersey and West Virginia to modify their existing science standards or adopt new benchmarks such as the Next Generation Science Standards It also explores each state s unique path to adoption and implementation as well as the common strategies and activities used to engage stakeholders State Legislative Update With more than two thirds of state legislatures adjourned for the year CTE has had some big wins in statehouses across the country You can catch up with our last legislative update here In the last few weeks there have been a few more notable developments Earlier this week Oregon lawmakers approved free tuition to its 17 community colleges through a 10 million last dollar scholarship program similar to Tennessee s popular initiative Additionally lawmakers appropriated 35 million for STEM and CTE related activities including a pilot program to increase student exposure to CTE In late June the California legislature agreed to a 115 billion budget deal effective July 1 that sends more than 400 million in new money to the state s CTE programs next year Specifically lawmakers approved Gov Jerry Brown s proposed CTE Incentive Grant program to the tune of 900 million over the next three years with 400 million for Fiscal Year 2015 16 though the state s budget adviser cited concerns about the program back in March This additional CTE funding follows two years and a 500 million investment in the California Career Pathways Trust which has already awarded two rounds of competitive grant funding to partnerships among schools community colleges and employers to create career pathways aligned to high need and high growth sectors One more CTE related proposal The Career and Job Skills Education Fund is still working its way through the legislature and is focused on results driven CTE programs If passed it remains unclear how this will be funded given that as currently proposed it is contingent upon funds appropriated in the recently passed budget Finally Nevada and Michigan also saw significant funding bumps for CTE middle college programs and dual enrollment Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Research Tags Arkansas California Delaware District of Columbia Massachusetts Michigan Nevada New Jersey Ohio Oregon tennessee West Virginia CTE in Spotlight During Governors State of State Speeches Thursday January 29th 2015 There are a lot of issues competing for attention in a governor s State of the State address from pensions to health care to infrastructure to education So it s notable of the 31 speeches given this month Career Technical Education CTE has found its way into roughly 40 percent of them particularly because governors use this speech as a way to outline their priorities for the year and highlight successes In some instances CTE was only mentioned in passing such as in Alaska where the governor called for increasing educational opportunities for CTE However states such as in Indiana California and Nevada among others governors proposed major investments in CTE as a means to prepare a skilled workforce to compete for tomorrow s jobs and position the state for economic prosperity Here is a quick recap of the highlights as of January 26 We ll continue tracking the remaining speeches and budget proposals and bring you an update in the coming weeks California Although CTE didn t make it into Gov Jerry Brown s speech in California it received a major boost in the governor s proposed budget which was released shortly after Brown proposed the CTE Incentive Fund which calls for 750 million over three years in one time funding The grant program would require a dollar for dollar match by the participating K 12 schools and encourages collaboration with other local agencies to form regional partnerships The budget also proposes nearly 30 million to grow and expand apprenticeships Indiana Declaring his budget the education budget Gov Mike Pence proposed increasing CTE funding by 20 million a year The money would be directed through the state s Indiana Works Councils By providing 20 million a year to create more career and vocational opportunities and improving the way we fund those courses we will dramatically increase the number of students who graduate career ready and increase by fivefold the number of students who graduate with an industry recognized credential by 2020 Pence said Kentucky Gov Steve Beshear praised the state s CTE system in his State of the Commonwealth Recognizing that the four year university path isn t the best route for everyone we ve made our career and technical programs more rigorous and applicable to real life jobs that demand high level technical knowledge These aren t the so called shop classes of yesterday but modern training with a touch academic foundation Beshear said Beshear also called on the state to implement the recommendations of the Dual Credit Task Force to improve the quality of these courses and help students cut the time and cost of their postsecondary education Nevada Gov Brian Sandoval used his speech as a bully pulpit for increased education spending Citing Nevada s worst in the nation high school graduation rate as our most troubling education statistic Sandoval called for 1 1 billion in additional funds for education Specific to CTE Sandoval proposed new grant programs to ensure students are college and career ready including an expansion of CTE Jobs for America s Graduates and STEM education West Virginia Unlike

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  • Ohio « NASDCTEc Blog
    million in new money to the state s CTE programs next year Specifically lawmakers approved Gov Jerry Brown s proposed CTE Incentive Grant program to the tune of 900 million over the next three years with 400 million for Fiscal Year 2015 16 though the state s budget adviser cited concerns about the program back in March This additional CTE funding follows two years and a 500 million investment in the California Career Pathways Trust which has already awarded two rounds of competitive grant funding to partnerships among schools community colleges and employers to create career pathways aligned to high need and high growth sectors One more CTE related proposal The Career and Job Skills Education Fund is still working its way through the legislature and is focused on results driven CTE programs If passed it remains unclear how this will be funded given that as currently proposed it is contingent upon funds appropriated in the recently passed budget Finally Nevada and Michigan also saw significant funding bumps for CTE middle college programs and dual enrollment Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Research Tags Arkansas California Delaware District of Columbia Massachusetts Michigan Nevada New Jersey Ohio Oregon tennessee West Virginia State CTE Policy Updates Monday August 26th 2013 Oregon closes out its legislative session with a number of Career Technical Education CTE related bills and Ohio make a decision on a measure of students early college and career readiness Oregon s Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee CTSO Grant Program Oregon passed HB 2912 requiring representatives from the Department of Education the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Bureau of Labor and Industries to meet at least four times each year to promote collaboration between the agencies on issues related to career technical education The Advisory Committee is tasked with making sure CTE programs are available in public schools developing regional centers that create partnerships between K 12 community colleges public universities and business unions encouraging the establishment of local advisory committees and addressing barriers to CTE students transitioning to postsecondary education and the workforce This bill also establishes the Career and Technical Student Organization CTSO Grant Program within the Department of Education allotted at 500 000 over two years to encourage student participation in CTSOs Oregon s Accelerated College Credit Programs Oregon also established an Accelerated Learning Committee comprised of the Chief Education Officer and appointees selected by the Governor President of the Senate and Speaker of the House and charged with examining methods to encourage and enable students to earn more college credit while enrolled in high school The focus will be on the alignment of funding assessments and policies between high schools and institutions of higher education SB 222 also requires every community college district to implement and make available at least one two plus two dual credit and or another accelerated college credit program to every K 12 district within their community college district by 2015 Oregon s STEM Investment Council and Grant Program Lastly Oregon created a STEM Investment Council via HB 2600 to help develop and oversee a long term statewide science technology engineering and mathematics STEM strategy The council will consist of nine members from the private sector to be appointed by the Chief Education Officer to aid and advise the Superintendent of Public Instruction the Commissioner for Community College System and the Chancellor of the Oregon University System on policies and programs including the STEM Investment Grant Program This new grant program will provide funds to districts community college districts public universities relevant state agencies and any combination of these eligible recipients to support STEM education inside and outside of the classroom The legislation notes that a STEM Investment Grant Account will be established in the State Treasury separate and distinct from the General Fund but no amount is noted or appropriated in this bill Specifically the Council and grant program are focused on helping the state meet these two goals by 2024 25 Doubling the percentage of 4th and 8th grade students who are proficient or advanced in mathematics and science e g via NAEP and Double the number of students who earn a postsecondary degree requiring proficiency in science technology engineering and or mathematics Ohio Requires the PSAT for All Students The Ohio Department of Education in partnership with the Ohio Board of Regents has officially selected the PSAT as the statewide college career readiness assessment Beginning in October 2014 all sophomores will be required to take the PSAT The goal of this policy is to provide information to students earlier about their readiness for postsecondary level coursework so they can adjust accordingly while still in high school New Research Resources Jobs for the Future released What It Takes to Complete High School A Shifting Terrain of Course and Diploma Requirements a policy brief describing trends in states graduation policies which NASDCTEc has begun tracking here here and here The New York State Association for Career and Technical Education issued a position paper in July entitled Recommendations for Developing College and Career Ready Students that offered the following six recommendations Adopt a unified definition of College and Career Ready that fully includes academic employability and technical skills Affirm the Common Core State Standards Career Development and Occupational Studies and Next Generation Assessments to converge career and academic content and instructional practices Avoid imposing additional math and science course requirements Link learner levels by restructuring existing middle level and early high school CTE Set goals for increasing the number of students who have Technical Endorsements to their diplomas and Enact policies that assist all students to develop knowledge of career pathways leading to specific occupations and to have a personal career plan with flexible career goals Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in Legislation Public Policy Tags New York Ohio Oregon Public Policy State CTE Policy Updates July Edition Part 1 Tuesday July 30th 2013 This past month a number

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  • Oregon « NASDCTEc Blog
    catch up with our last legislative update here In the last few weeks there have been a few more notable developments Earlier this week Oregon lawmakers approved free tuition to its 17 community colleges through a 10 million last dollar scholarship program similar to Tennessee s popular initiative Additionally lawmakers appropriated 35 million for STEM and CTE related activities including a pilot program to increase student exposure to CTE In late June the California legislature agreed to a 115 billion budget deal effective July 1 that sends more than 400 million in new money to the state s CTE programs next year Specifically lawmakers approved Gov Jerry Brown s proposed CTE Incentive Grant program to the tune of 900 million over the next three years with 400 million for Fiscal Year 2015 16 though the state s budget adviser cited concerns about the program back in March This additional CTE funding follows two years and a 500 million investment in the California Career Pathways Trust which has already awarded two rounds of competitive grant funding to partnerships among schools community colleges and employers to create career pathways aligned to high need and high growth sectors One more CTE related proposal The Career and Job Skills Education Fund is still working its way through the legislature and is focused on results driven CTE programs If passed it remains unclear how this will be funded given that as currently proposed it is contingent upon funds appropriated in the recently passed budget Finally Nevada and Michigan also saw significant funding bumps for CTE middle college programs and dual enrollment Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Research Tags Arkansas California Delaware District of Columbia Massachusetts Michigan Nevada New Jersey Ohio Oregon tennessee West Virginia Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 3 Thursday June 26th 2014 Editor s Note This is part of a series that will highlight some of this year s major state legislative activity as it relates to Career Technical Education CTE Further explanation of the series can be found here and the previous installments here and here For a comprehensive look back at the 2013 legislative sessions check out the 2013 CTE Year in Review which was published jointly by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education in March Workforce development received a lot of attention from state legislatures this spring as lawmakers across the country created new apprenticeship programs and called on state workforce boards businesses and education entities to collaborate in order better address local labor market needs and skills gaps Apprenticeships Career Pathways and Tax Credits Several states created or expanded their apprenticeship programs in an effort to create a stronger pipeline of skilled talent in specific fields Both Indiana and Connecticut seized on tax credits as a means to encourage businesses to offer qualified apprenticeships In Indiana school districts and charter schools can now receive grants to support career pathways for high wage high demand jobs that require an industry recognized credential and includes a cooperative agreement with a business Also an employer that hires a student who has completed such program is eligible for a tax credit Indiana also set aside an additional 5 million for its Pathways for Academic Career and Employment a program first started in 2013 to provide partnerships between community colleges industry and nonprofits Iowa Governor Terry Branstad s proposed apprenticeship program also passed the legislature committing about 6 million for the Apprenticeship Training Program Fund and a job training program Sector Partnerships Alignment and Coordination Several state legislatures directed their workforce investment boards and other entities to determine local and regional workforce needs and to better align their work with counterparts in education and commerce In Alabama the state s workforce board was allocated 4 3 million for regions to determine local skill needs develop seamless educational pathways and align funding with identified local workforce needs The law also sets aside 600 000 for career coaches and an additional 200 000 for regional leadership planning efforts In a separate bill the state also created a workforce council to promote industry focused coordination between businesses and its P 12 and higher education systems Kentucky lawmakers required the state s Office of Education and Workforce Statistics to gather and disseminate employment and earnings data of public postsecondary graduates Meanwhile Oregonian lawmakers passed a bill to define a robust and effective workforce system by promoting coordination and collaboration of the state s employment economic development job training services and education sectors in particular community colleges and public and private universities Connecticut s manufacturing industry received a boost from the state legislature through the new Manufacturing Innovation Fund which can be used to support public and private education and training programs States also called upon their workforce boards education systems and businesses to create sector partnerships in order to better provide industry driven career pathways and address local and regional skills gaps Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Tags Alabama Colorado Connecticut Idaho Indiana Iowa Kentucky Maine Oregon Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 2 Thursday June 12th 2014 Editor s Note This is part of a series that will highlight some of this year s major state legislature activity as it relates to Career Technical Education CTE Further explanation of the series can be found here and the first installment here For a comprehensive look back at the 2013 legislative sessions check out the 2013 CTE Year in Review which was published jointly by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education in March With more than 80 percent of high schools now enrolling students in dual enrollment coursework it s not a huge surprise that dual enrollment continued to expand its reach during the 2014 legislative sessions across the country In Alabama the governor signed a bill that seeks to incentivize a CTE dual enrollment scholarship program The scholarship program was first proposed by Gov Robert Bentley s College and Career Ready Task Force in January and further championed in the governor s State of the State address The scholarship program is intended to be funded by private donations from businesses and individuals who in turn would receive a 50 percent tax credit on their donations The law sets aside 5 million dollars for tax credits each year providing 10 million in scholarships for 9 500 students each year Additionally businesses that donate to the program can direct up to 80 percent of their donation to train students for a particular field In Alaska this year s legislative session was dubbed the education session by Gov Sean Parnell in his State of the State address in January Whether that focus was achieved still appears unclear but one large omnibus education bill did pass both chambers and was signed by the Governor last month Expanded CTE dual credit options were among the bill s final contents Institutions that receive funding through the state s Technical and Vocational Education Program TVEP must establish and maintain partnerships with Alaska schools for dual credit in high school and toward certification Florida and Oregon also expanded eligibility for dual enrollment Now Florida students can begin enrolling in dual credit courses starting in the sixth grade and in Oregon students in the 9 th and 10 th grades are now eligible Finally Montana Gov Steve Bullock announced recently that educators who teach dual enrollment classes will earn coupons to pay for their own college credits Gov Bullock said the program is designed to increase the number of dual credit courses available by providing an incentive to instructors themselves Under this new credit for credit program which will be funded by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education an educator with a master s degree teaching a dual credit course will receive a coupon that can be used toward classes in the Montana University System as well as tribal and community colleges These credits are also transferrable meaning teachers can give these credit coupons to friends family or even their students The pilot program will start this fall and end in spring 2016 Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Tags Alabama Alaska dual enrollment Florida Montana Oregon Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 1 Tuesday May 27th 2014 Editor s Note This is part of a series that will highlight some of this year s major state legislature activity as it relates to Career Technical Education CTE Further explanation of the series can be found here For a comprehensive look back at the 2013 legislative sessions check out the 2013 CTE Year in Review which was published jointly by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education in March There was significant legislative activity related to postsecondary education this spring with a couple of landmark bills that even caught the attention of national media Postsecondary Funding One of the most notable higher education bills to pass thus far hails from Tennessee where Governor Bill Haslam recently signed into law the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act The law which will largely be paid for through lottery revenues guarantees two years of free tuition at a community college or college of applied technology for all graduating high school seniors starting in 2015 Gov Haslam first proposed in this year s State of the State address as the cornerstone of his year old Drive to 55 initiative to increase Tennessean higher education attainment to 55 percent by 2025 Two other states also made forays into this arena The Oregon state legislature directed its Higher Education Coordinating Commission to explore the possibility of a free tuition program The commission is expected to submit its report by September 30 A similar effort in Mississippi however died in committee Colorado gave its higher education system a much needed infusion of funds after years of budget cuts The legislation known as the College Affordability Act was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper in early May and increases higher education funding by 100 million for the 2014 2015 academic year AY The bill also institutes a six percent cap on tuition increases for the next two years Of that 100 million 13 percent will be directed to community colleges 40 percent to student aid and the remaining 53 percent to other higher education institutions Colorado s legislature also passed a measure that would use outcome measures such as student retention and completion rates to determine an institution s state funding Currently the bill has been sent to the governor for signature Much of the proposed legislation is vague and if signed into law such details would be determined by the Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Postsecondary Attainment Plans Oregon lawmakers added apprenticeships to its higher education attainment plan also known as the 40 40 20 goal The plan which was launched in 2011 states that by 2025 all adult Oregonians will hold a high school diploma or equivalency the remaining 20 percent 40 percent will have an associate s degree or meaningful postsecondary credential and 40 percent will hold a bachelor s degree or advanced degree Under this newest addition apprenticeships registered with the State Apprenticeship and Training Council now qualify as a meaningful postsecondary credential Washington adopted two statewide education attainment goals as part of its 10 year higher education roadmap which was originally unveiled in 2013 The Washington Student Achievement Council detailed these goals in a report it sent to the legislature in December and includes benchmarks necessary to reach them The goals are for all Washington adults will have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 70 percent of Washington adults will have a postsecondary credential Bachelor s Degrees at Community Colleges Following in the footsteps of more than 20 other states Colorado also authorized community colleges to offer applied science bachelor s degrees While one more state joined a growing list another decided to step back momentarily The Florida legislature placed a one year moratorium that prohibits the state s community colleges from adding any new four year degree programs With 24 colleges offering a total of 175 degree programs and the number of such degrees awarded doubling in 2013 lawmakers became concerned that colleges were overstepping their bounds Did we miss something related to higher education in your state Drop us an email Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Tags Colorado Florida Mississippi Oregon tennessee washington State CTE Policy Updates Monday August 26th 2013 Oregon closes out its legislative session with a number of Career Technical Education CTE related bills and Ohio make a decision on a measure of students early college and career readiness Oregon s Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee CTSO Grant Program Oregon passed HB 2912 requiring representatives from the Department of Education the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Bureau of Labor and Industries to meet at least four times each year to promote collaboration between the agencies on issues related to career technical education The Advisory Committee is tasked with making sure CTE programs are available in public schools developing regional centers that create partnerships between K 12 community colleges public universities and business unions encouraging the establishment of local advisory committees and addressing barriers to CTE students transitioning to postsecondary education and the workforce This bill also establishes the Career and Technical Student Organization CTSO Grant Program within the Department of Education allotted at 500 000 over two years to encourage student participation in CTSOs Oregon s Accelerated College Credit Programs Oregon also established an Accelerated Learning Committee comprised of the Chief Education Officer and appointees selected by the Governor President of the Senate and Speaker of the House and charged with examining methods to encourage and enable students to earn more college credit while enrolled in high school The focus will be on the alignment of funding assessments and policies between high schools and institutions of higher education SB 222 also requires every community college district to implement and make available at least one two plus two dual credit and or another accelerated college credit program to every K 12 district within their community college district by 2015 Oregon s STEM Investment Council and Grant Program Lastly Oregon created a STEM Investment Council via HB 2600 to help develop and oversee a long term statewide science technology engineering and mathematics STEM strategy The council will consist of nine members from the private sector to be appointed by the Chief Education Officer to aid and advise the Superintendent of Public Instruction the Commissioner for Community College System and the Chancellor of the Oregon University System on policies and programs including the STEM Investment Grant Program This new grant program will provide funds to districts community college districts public universities relevant state agencies and any combination of these eligible recipients to support STEM education inside and outside of the classroom The legislation notes that a STEM Investment Grant Account will be established in the State Treasury separate and distinct from the General Fund but no amount is noted or appropriated in this bill Specifically the Council and grant program are focused on helping the state meet these two goals by 2024 25 Doubling the percentage of 4th and 8th grade students who are proficient or advanced in mathematics and science e g via NAEP and Double the number of students who earn a postsecondary degree requiring proficiency in science technology engineering and or mathematics Ohio Requires the PSAT for All Students The Ohio Department of Education in partnership with the Ohio Board of Regents has officially selected the PSAT as the statewide college career readiness assessment Beginning in October 2014 all sophomores will be required to take the PSAT The goal of this policy is to provide information to students earlier about their readiness for postsecondary level coursework so they can adjust accordingly while still in high school New Research Resources Jobs for the Future released What It Takes to Complete High School A Shifting Terrain of Course and Diploma Requirements a policy brief describing trends in states graduation policies which NASDCTEc has begun tracking here here and here The New York State Association for Career and Technical Education issued a position paper in July entitled Recommendations for Developing College and Career Ready Students that offered the following six recommendations Adopt a unified definition of College and Career Ready that fully includes academic employability and technical skills Affirm the Common Core State Standards Career Development and Occupational Studies and Next Generation Assessments to converge career and academic content and instructional practices Avoid imposing additional math and science course requirements Link learner levels by restructuring existing middle level and early high school CTE Set goals for increasing the number of students who have Technical Endorsements to their diplomas and Enact policies that assist all students to develop knowledge of career pathways leading to specific occupations and to have a personal career plan with flexible career goals Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in Legislation Public Policy Tags New York Ohio Oregon Public Policy State CTE Policy Updates July Edition Part 1 Tuesday July 30th 2013 This past month a number of states have adopted or implemented policies related to Career Technical Education CTE Below is a part o ne of July s state policy updates focusing on CTE funding reporting and governance Tomorrow part two will be released which will focus on legislation addressing dual enrollment and postsecondary CTE California State Budget Includes CTE Grants In early July after months of deliberation and debate California s budget went into effect with 250 million earmarked for grants to K 12 districts charter schools and community colleges in support of CTE The grants will be dispersed through a competitive process with priority given to programs that secure matching funds from industry partners and that are aligned to high need and

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  • rhode island « NASDCTEc Blog
    help break down the classroom walls that separate academics from CTE and by doing so can value learning where it happens and create opportunities for teachers to collaborate and innovate Leverage points can include Contextualized learning environments for all students Self directed pathways anchored in students career interests and inclusive of the full breadth of college and career ready knowledge and skills High quality experiential learning opportunities Project based learning as a platform for instruction CTE as a component of assessments to authentically measure student learning The brief also offers key points of consideration for states moving toward an integrated CBP system Incorporating CTE at the outset helps break down the historical silos that still exist within the education system Ensuring equitable student access to high quality CBP across CTE areas Building capacity for districts schools and educators to transition to an integrated CBP system Overcoming data and reporting challenges to capture student proficiency where it happens especially when it happens beyond the traditional school walls Recognizing that some elements of CTE programs are still beholden to time Crafting a thorough well executed communications plan to build buy in and understanding The brief includes state examples from Colorado Connecticut Illinois Kentucky Maine Michigan New Hampshire Ohio Oregon Rhode Island and Vermont Read more about how states are implementing CBP here Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags Achieve Colorado competency based education Connecticut Illinois Kentucky Maine Michigan New Hampshire Ohio Oregon rhode island Vermont State CTE Policy Updates July Edition Part Two Wednesday July 31st 2013 This past month a number of states have adopted or implemented policies related to Career Technical Education CTE Below is a part two of July s state policy updates all of which focus on dual enrollment or postsecondary CTE You can read part one here Educational Collaborative Partnership in Maine Maine passed legislation creating a collaborative board with representatives from secondary and postsecondary CTE to implement a program by 2014 15 that will enable more CTE students to earn college credit through dual enrollment while still enrolled in high school Specifically the state defines dual enrollment career and technical education program as a non duplicative learning pathway that begins in junior year extends over a three year period includes summer career academies and a college freshman seminar experiences meets national concurrent enrollment standards includes college level coursework that supports an associate s degree and concludes at the end of the summer following the student s senior year While the agreements are made between institutions there are opportunities for credits to be accepted across the state Dual Enrollment in Rhode Island Rhode Island passed the Dual Enrollment Equal Opportunity Act this month requiring the State Board of Education to create regulation establishing statewide dual enrollment The regulation must allow students to enroll in courses at postsecondary institutions that satisfy academic credit requirements at both the secondary and postsecondary level it is unclear at this time if CTE courses will fall under

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    the State address from pensions to health care to infrastructure to education So it s notable of the 31 speeches given this month Career Technical Education CTE has found its way into roughly 40 percent of them particularly because governors use this speech as a way to outline their priorities for the year and highlight successes In some instances CTE was only mentioned in passing such as in Alaska where the governor called for increasing educational opportunities for CTE However states such as in Indiana California and Nevada among others governors proposed major investments in CTE as a means to prepare a skilled workforce to compete for tomorrow s jobs and position the state for economic prosperity Here is a quick recap of the highlights as of January 26 We ll continue tracking the remaining speeches and budget proposals and bring you an update in the coming weeks California Although CTE didn t make it into Gov Jerry Brown s speech in California it received a major boost in the governor s proposed budget which was released shortly after Brown proposed the CTE Incentive Fund which calls for 750 million over three years in one time funding The grant program would require a dollar for dollar match by the participating K 12 schools and encourages collaboration with other local agencies to form regional partnerships The budget also proposes nearly 30 million to grow and expand apprenticeships Indiana Declaring his budget the education budget Gov Mike Pence proposed increasing CTE funding by 20 million a year The money would be directed through the state s Indiana Works Councils By providing 20 million a year to create more career and vocational opportunities and improving the way we fund those courses we will dramatically increase the number of students who graduate career ready and increase by fivefold the number of students who graduate with an industry recognized credential by 2020 Pence said Kentucky Gov Steve Beshear praised the state s CTE system in his State of the Commonwealth Recognizing that the four year university path isn t the best route for everyone we ve made our career and technical programs more rigorous and applicable to real life jobs that demand high level technical knowledge These aren t the so called shop classes of yesterday but modern training with a touch academic foundation Beshear said Beshear also called on the state to implement the recommendations of the Dual Credit Task Force to improve the quality of these courses and help students cut the time and cost of their postsecondary education Nevada Gov Brian Sandoval used his speech as a bully pulpit for increased education spending Citing Nevada s worst in the nation high school graduation rate as our most troubling education statistic Sandoval called for 1 1 billion in additional funds for education Specific to CTE Sandoval proposed new grant programs to ensure students are college and career ready including an expansion of CTE Jobs for America s Graduates and STEM education West Virginia Unlike his fellow governors who focused more on funding and programs Gov Ray Tomblin highlighted the state s need for high quality teachers Tomblin said he plans to introduce legislation that expands opportunities for career professionals to enter the teaching field He called on lawmaker to streamline the teacher certification process to encourage those who have a passion to teacher so they can share their knowledge with our kids We must give local school systems better flexibility to train and hire subject matter experts to fill long term vacancies in critical subject areas For more CTE and workforce coverage check out proposals and praise from Delaware Idaho Michigan Missouri Nebraska South Dakota and Vermont Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation News Public Policy Tags Apprenticeships budget California Delaware dual credit funding Idaho Indiana Kentucky Michigan Missouri Nebraska Nevada partnerships South Dakota Vermont West Virginia CTE Research Review Friday September 26th 2014 Spotlighting effective apprenticeships Apprenticeships are increasingly gaining attention from policymakers and employers as an effective tool to fight the skills gap and provide workers with higher wages and employment outcomes Through a recent series of white papers Center for American Progress CAP is adding its voice to those calling for more and better apprenticeships in the United States The DC based think tank recently spotlighted five innovative apprenticeships including programs in Vermont South Carolina Washington and Michigan In Washington apprenticeships have proven to be a smart public investment For every 1 the state invests in apprenticeships taxpayers receive 23 in benefits according to one state study Although there is clearly more than one way to structure a program that engages multiple employers CAP offers a few lessons learned from these five successful examples A strong intermediary is key to a strong apprenticeship program A little public investment goes a long way and Industry recognized credentials add value to apprenticeships in nontraditional occupations NACTE final report released The U S Department of Education has released the long awaited final report of the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education NACTE The report focuses on the new features of the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Perkins IV Although the NACTE is charged with evaluating the implementation and outcomes of Perkins IV the actual report stops short of providing insight into the effectiveness of the new law The evaluation period covered only the early years of Perkins IV and as such can only shed light on the new law s early implementation Also much of the outside data used in the report comes from before the new law was passed The NACTE spotlighted four major areas Programs of study As a new feature in the 2006 law the NACTE found that programs of study POS have been implemented in widely varying ways both within and across states Also states played a larger role in POS development on the secondary level whereas higher education institutions tended to take the lead when developing postsecondary POS

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