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  • State Policy Update: Workforce Development, Job-driven Training and More « NASDCTEc Blog
    after ESEA Push This Week in CTE State Policy Update Workforce Development Job driven Training and More This week the National Skills Coalition released its roundup of this year s major state legislative actions aiming to close the middle skills gap across the country Be sure to check out the full paper and related webinar which includes deep dives on new workforce development efforts in Virginia and Minnesota to learn more Here are some of the workforce related highlights from this year s legislative sessions Implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA Sector partnerships career pathways and job driven training are among the key strategies that WIOA requires states to use Some states including California Florida and Virginia enacted legislation to help implement the new federal workforce law Career Pathways Along with Colorado s new career pathways legislation which we talked about earlier this year Minnesota also expanded its adult career pathways efforts and FastTRAC up skilling program with a combined 11 2 million appropriation for the 2016 17 biennium budget Tuition Assistance We already know that in July Oregon became the second state to offer free community college Nebraska has also approved a tuition gap assistance program to help residents enrolled in certain associate degree and certificate programs as well as non credit job driven training programs Recipients can use the funds to cover the costs of tuition direct training fees required books and equipment Work based Learning and Job driven Training Washington Colorado and California all expanded work based learning opportunities in particular apprenticeships In California lawmakers allocated 29 1 million to grow new and existing apprenticeship programs in high growth industries Arkansas and Maine also established new employer driven training programs Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags California career pathways Colorado Florida job driven training Minnesota

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  • Early, Strong Showing for CTE, Workforce Bills in State Legislatures « NASDCTEc Blog
    half of these speeches and budgets with some devoting significant time to CTE and workforce development Then it was the lawmakers turn to get down to businesses In some states CTE champions emerged from bipartisan legislative coalitions and business groups to help bolster funding and support Note These are just some of the highlights of state CTE activity so far in 2015 and are by no means all encompassing Colorado s 10 bill Ready to Work package was part of a bipartisan pledge from more than two dozen lawmakers to help those being left behind in the state s fast growing economy connect to training and education that can lead them to better jobs In the end the legislature sent eight bills to Gov John Hickenlooper for signature The bills establish incentives for advanced industry companies to create work based learning opportunities authorize a P TECH school to be created funds mobile learning labs that create training areas on site for colleges and companies and increase the number of career pathways in in demand industries such as construction and health care State funding for K 12 CTE in Montana doubled to 2 million annually thanks to the efforts of a group of legislators and local education leaders The original bill proposed raising state funding to 10 million to make Montana s CTE funding in line with nearby states There were also some major governance changes that would alter the way CTE and workforce development programs are delivered South Dakota lawmakers also passed a bill that would dramatically change the governance of the state s four technical institutes such as the one President Barack Obama visited last week The current governing system described as a turf war has the technical institutes controlled by K 12 districts but funded by the state and competing with the Board of Regents which governs the university system for students and course offerings The new law will allow the institutes to establish their own governing body A separate joint resolution which will require an amendment to the state s constitution and go before the voters in July clarifies the roles of the institutes and the Board of Regents In Arkansas new Gov Asa Hutchinson signed a series of three bills that made sweeping changes to career education and workforce training The bills did the following created the Career Education and Workforce Development Board to establish and administer a comprehensive statewide workforce education program as well as the Office of Skills Development to award 15 million in grants for workforce training programs started a 2 million program to provide workforce training planning grants at community colleges and established the Arkansas Workforce Development Board which will be comprised of industry representatives Despite some notable CTE funding boosts 22 states are reportedly facing budget deficits according to a recent analysis from the Associated Press and the effects of tight budgets are being felt In Arizona new Gov Doug Ducey signed a historically lean state budget that cut universities dramatically

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  • State Policy Update: New CTE Briefs Feature Ohio and Massachusetts; Legislatures Send New Money to CTE « NASDCTEc Blog
    s Career Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real world Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Careers we learn about the changing face of Ohio CTE which now focuses on integrating academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum in high skill high demand Career Clusters and pathways and includes strong connections to postsecondary education and employers Career tech now integrates rigorous academic preparation with career education says Steve Gratz senior executive director at the Ohio Department of Education and NASDCTEc member We are mashing up college and career This is a shift from the past and one that we 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

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  • California « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 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 Thursday December 11th 2014 The Manufacturing Institute s State Responses to the Skills Gap The Manufacturing Institute has collected promising state level best practices that encourage and promote a skilled manufacturing workforce in its newest report These areas including state examples are Industry Credentials Industry Partnerships Credit Articulation Dual Enrollment Comprehensive State Strategies ACT Policy Platforms Testing giant ACT recently rolled out a series of policy recommendations for K 12 postsecondary and workforce development With more than 50 years of data to draw upon ACT research suggests that for far too many individuals often those from low income first generation or minority backgrounds success along the K career continuum is out of reach according to ACT In short the three platforms are K 12 policy platform Focus on readiness for all students support the implementation of a high school core curriculum and rigorous coursework and promote the use of high quality student assessment systems Postsecondary Support postsecondary readiness advance efforts that reduce information barriers and adopt holistic approaches increasing postsecondary completion Workforce development Improve foundational workplace skills ensure that training is valuable to employers and employees and help individuals attain credentials Linked Learning 5 th Year Evaluation SRI International released its fifth annual report on California s Linked Learning Initiative which blends rigorous academics with career preparation including work based learning This year s report focused on the students themselves Who participates What are their experiences How does their participation in a Linked Learning pathway affect their high school outcomes As such the report found Student Equity and Access There is a pattern of disproportionately low female enrollment in engineering pathways and disproportionately high enrollment in health sciences Also nearly 80 percent of all students who started out in a pathway in the lower grades remained in the same pathway in 11 th Student Outcomes Students outperformed their non Linked Learning peers in credit accumulation and to remain in the school district there was no evidence of higher scores on standardized achievement tests but minority student subgroup perform at least as well if not better on credit accumulation and test score outcomes than their peers at traditional high schools For another California centric study be sure to check out the new report from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education Recognizing College and Career Readiness in the California School Accountability System Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags ACT California credit articulation dual enrollment industry credentials linked learning manufacturing Fall Meeting Recap Common Core State Standards Career Technical Education Tuesday October 29th 2013 Last week the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc held its annual Fall Meeting which featured a panel of state CTE leaders sharing their strategies for implementation the Common Core State Standards CCSS Kicking off the panel was Meredith Liben Director of Literacy at Student Achievement Partners SAP who described the three major instructional shifts within the CCSS in English Language Arts Literacy which in essence boil down to texts worth reading questions worth answered and work worth doing Liben highlighted the challenge among CTE teachers who often don t have a literacy background in internalizing such shifts within their classrooms and gave a sneak peek into the work SAP plans to take on in this space moving forward Next up was Katharine Oliver Assistant State Superintendent of Career and College Readiness at the Maryland State Department of Education who described the state s efforts to identify ways to measure student growth in CTE through the development of student learning objectives SLOs as well as the professional development that brings interdisciplinary teams of teachers together to collaborate to understand and identify complex texts An early lesson learned is the importance of keeping teachers in like groups as CTE teachers want to be able to see literacy through the lens of their own content areas rather than for all CTE subjects Oliver also mentioned a new Blackboard site where the state will be posting lessons in those difficult to teach areas including CTE Russ Weikle Director of Career and College Transition Division at the California Department of Education framed much of the work in his state as deliberate alignments to the CCSS The approach California took when modifying their CTE standards framework was to create anchor standards a term borrowed from the CCSS s ELA Literacy standards that are consistent across all Career Clusters making them CTE standards that CTE teachers can own while still teaching CCSS Under the anchor standards are performance indicators that are specific to the state s Career Pathways Next the state convened educators to review the Career Pathway level standards and look for substantial and natural alignment between them and the CCSS The task put before them was to determine if a pathway standard would enhance reinforce or apply a specific core subject standard The result of this effort are Academic Alignment Matrices for each of the state s 15 Career Clusters In addition 500 educators in California have gone through a train the trainer module around disciplinary literacy and are not replicating the training in their schools and districts The module can be found here Sharing Wisconsin s efforts to date Sharon Wendt Director of Career and Technical Education at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction discussed the state s efforts around literacy jumpstarted by the adoption of the CCSS and the launch of a Governor s Task Force on literacy in 2010 With CTE engaged in the task force from the get go it has allowed for that work to inform the revision of the state s CTE standards and for CTE to inform the broader statewide discussion of college and career readiness One major takeaway Wendt shared is how the CCSS are helping core academic teachers better understand what happens within CTE classrooms through such inter disciplinary professional development and resources being developed Wisconsin has some terrific materials for disciplinary literacy which can be found here Most of the conversation was focused around the ELA Literacy standards and the panelists did admit much less work had been done in mathematics to date in part because they are not technically required for CTE educators and because there is more resistance from the mathematics community to integrate Maryland is working to develop senior year transition courses in mathematics particularly for students who do not meet the college and career ready determination on the state test with a heavy emphasis on mathematics applications Another idea on the table in Maryland is to identify where a CTE course or sequence of courses with enough math may count as a fourth year math requirement While it is too early to measure results with implementation still underway all of the panelists noted appreciative teacher s and positive feedback from core academic educators as early signs of success Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Tags California college and career readiness common core state standards Maryland wisconsin State CTE Policy Update Two More States Adopt Next Generation Science Standards Wednesday September 25th 2013 This month two additional states California and Delaware joined Kansas Kentucky Maryland Rhode Island and Vermont in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS In both cases the state boards of education voted to adopt the NGSS which were released in Spring 2013 Both California and Delaware were among the group of 26 Lead Partner States playing a significant role throughout the development of the standards Now both states are turning their attention to the implementation of the new standards no simple feat as the NGSS are purposefully organized differently than traditional science standards with a greater emphasis on cross cutting concepts that reach across all science disciplines Delaware is planning to develop a multi year implementation strategy soon and the California State Board of Education will take up an initial implementation challenge middle school course requirements this Fall For more on the NGSS and their development and design see www nextgenscience org Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in Public Policy Tags California college and career readiness Delaware Next Generation Science Standards Standards 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 high growth industries While the grants may be used for new programs it is expected to support existing programs such as Linked Learning California Partnership Academies and the Regional Occupational Centers and Programs ROCPs The Partnership Academies and ROCPs both maintained funding in the broader state budget The grants are intended to both promote CTE across the state as well as encourage new and ongoing partnerships between schools and business Ohio s Statewide CTE Reporting CTE Month This month Ohio released a sneak peek into the state s new CTE report cards which was approved by the State Board of Education back in May 2013 While the final report cards for the 2011 12 school year will be released next month the state released simulated scores by school this month to provide an early look into the new reporting mechanism Specifically the report cards include five components achievement e g technical skill assessments federal accountability results e g Perkins targets disaggregated by subgroups graduation four and five year graduation rates of CTE concentrators post program outcomes e g industry credentials postsecondary enrollment etc and preparation for success e g proportion of students earning college credit while in high school through AP IB etc What separates this from federal reporting is that Ohio is building these indicators into their statewide accountability system and assigning grades to schools based on their performance The state may add additional indicators to the CTE report card over time In unrelated news the Ohio legislature also passed HB 127 designating the month of March as Career Technical Education and Skilled Workforce Development Month to increase public awareness of the importance of career and technical education systems and skilled workforce development programs to the strength and vitality of Ohio s economic future As an aside February is celebrated as CTE Month by NASDCTEc and the ACTE Oregon s CTE Revitalization Grants The Oregon legislature recently passed HB 2913 SB 498 to maintain the state s CTE Revitalization Grant Program first established in 2011 which provides grants to CTE programs across the state The new bill also requires the establishment of a committee to set goals for the program develop grant criteria review all grant applications and make recommendations related to the awarding of grants with representation from business industry labor and education providers Priority will be given to programs to represent a diversity of students and strong partnerships between business and education with or without funding commitments from business The Grant Program has been funded at 7 5 million Idaho s Technology Pilots The Idaho Department of Education has awarded 3 million across 11 schools as part of the state s technology pilot project The winning schools which include elementary middle and high schools as well as distance academies will use the funds to do a range of technology based initiatives such as one to one initiatives on various tablets and computers piloting digital textbooks and libraries expanding Career Information System training for teachers on technology and instruction and developing a website portfolio system to track and share students academic growth The schools were selected based on plans that were scalable sustainable and designed to improve student achievement and financial efficiencies While this pilot if not focused on CTE specifically the availability and utilization of technology has a direct impact on teaching and learning in all disciplines and CTE in particular at the high school level Missouri s Career Technical Education Advisory Council Missouri recently passed HB 5042 establishing a Career and Technical Education Advisory Council within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education DESE This Advisory Council consists of 11 members including a current CTE center administrator an administrator from a school offering CTE two business representatives one from industry and one from an association coalition representatives from a technical college a community college and a state university a current participant in an apprenticeship program and three CTE educators who have served as advisors to Career Technical Student Organizations The Advisory Council also has three ex officio members from DESE guidance and counseling division the director of workforce development and a representative from the higher education coordinating board facilitating a true cross sector entity This Advisory Council replaces an earlier version previously named the State Advisory Committee for Vocational Education and is charged with providing a short and long term strategic for the provision of high quality CTE to students across all ages funding and necessary legislative regulatory changes Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in Public Policy Tags California Idaho Missouri Ohio Oregon state CTE policy update New NASDCTEc Officers Take Lead as CTE Adopts Common Standards Prepare for Reauthorization Friday July 27th 2012 NASDCTEc officers this month commenced their one year term The officers take the reins at a time when the Career Technical Education CTE community moves forward with implementing rigorous and common standards for CTE advocating

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  • job-driven training « NASDCTEc Blog
    Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Posts Tagged job driven training State Policy Update Workforce Development Job driven Training and More Thursday July 30th 2015 This week the National Skills Coalition released its roundup of this year s major state legislative actions aiming to close the middle skills gap across the country Be sure to check out the full paper and related webinar which includes deep dives on new workforce development efforts in Virginia and Minnesota to learn more Here are some of the workforce related highlights from this year s legislative sessions Implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA Sector partnerships career pathways and job driven training are among the key strategies that WIOA requires states to use Some states including California Florida and Virginia enacted legislation to help implement the new federal workforce law Career Pathways Along with Colorado s new career pathways legislation which we talked about earlier this year Minnesota also expanded its adult career pathways efforts and FastTRAC up skilling program with a combined 11 2 million appropriation for the 2016 17 biennium budget Tuition Assistance We already know that in July Oregon became the second state to offer free community college Nebraska has also approved a tuition gap assistance program to help residents enrolled in certain associate degree and certificate programs as well as non credit job driven training programs Recipients can use the funds to cover the costs of tuition direct training fees required books and equipment Work based Learning and Job driven Training Washington Colorado and California all expanded work based learning opportunities in particular apprenticeships In California lawmakers allocated 29 1 million to grow new and existing apprenticeship programs in high growth industries Arkansas and Maine also established new employer driven training programs Andrea Zimmermann

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  • Nebraska « NASDCTEc Blog
    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

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  • washington « NASDCTEc Blog
    participate if selected by the state Board of Education The pilot s purpose is to reengage students and increase the state s graduation rates through an educational program that provides vocational technology and other instructional models that are self paced and mastery based provide flexible scheduling and a blended learning environment with individualized graduation plans Graduation Requirements Washington lawmakers directed the state s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop curriculum frameworks for a selected list of Career Technical Education courses with content in science technology engineering and mathematics that is considered equivalent to high school graduation requirements in science or math The law also requires that course content must be aligned with industry standards and the state s academic standards in math and science Increasing CTE course equivalencies has been a priority of Washington Governor Jay Inslee The frameworks are to be submitted to the state Board of Education for approval and implementation for the 2015 16 academic year Much like Florida s change to its graduation requirements in math Arizona school districts are now allowed to approve a rigorous computer science course to fulfill a mathematics credit for graduation As part of its Alaska Education Opportunity Act and Governor Sean Parnell s priorities for this year s legislative session lawmakers repealed the state s high school exit exam and replaced it with a college or career ready assessment such as the ACT SAT or WorkKeys As districts look to implement these new requirements a new report from ACT may bear some useful insight In 2005 Illinois lawmakers changed the states graduation requirements to a minimum of three years of math and two years of science ACT found that these new requirements had no significant impact on college readiness test scores in math and science though there was a slight improvement in college enrollment ACT says that these findings suggest that advanced coursework alone isn t enough to improve student learning Next time in the Catching Up With series This will be the last post for legislatures that wrapped their sessions by May 9 In the weeks to come we ll take a closer look at major CTE related bills from the remaining 25 state legislatures Stay tuned to learn more Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Tags Alaska Arizona Florida Georgia graduation requirements Mississippi washington work based learning Catching Up With State Legislatures Part 5 Friday July 25th 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 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 Credentials Florida lawmakers added a few more provisions to the state s Career and Professional Education Act CAPE adding to the major changes from last year s session The law now requires school boards to inform parents of the projected return on investment should their child complete an industry recognized certification during high school versus completing one after graduation It also directs the state Department of Education and Workforce Florida Inc to begin collecting return on investment information for industry certified CTE programs and career themed courses as part of its broader collection of student achievement and performance data The law creates two new features as well CAPE Acceleration and CAPE Innovation which will take effect in the 2015 2016 school year and further incentivizes school districts to offer industry recognized credentials for articulated college credit In a separate bill the legislature also permitted computer science courses to count for one high school graduation requirement in math or science if the course is deemed of sufficient rigor and a related industry certification is earned Similarly a computer technology course in 3D rapid prototype printing with a related industry certification may satisfy up to two math requirements In an effort to support and integrate technology in the classroom the same legislation also provided that grades K 12 will give students the opportunity to earn digital tool certificates and grade appropriate technology related industry certifications Military experience for academic credit Washington and Utah joined a growing number of states that will now offer academic credit for veterans military experience as well as in state tuition The Connecticut General Assembly directed the state s licensing authorities to certify waive or award certain licenses examinations or credit to veterans or National Guard members who have military experience similar to the existing requirements In Washington a new law requires the state s higher education institutions to adopt policies that would award academic credit for military training applicable to the student s certificate or degree requirements Meanwhile Utah lawmakers modified a 2013 law to require that veterans receive college and career counseling before the credit is awarded According to an analysis by the Education Commission of the States seven state legislatures also passed similar laws in 2013 related to prior learning assessments for veterans Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Legislation Public Policy Tags credentials Florida Utah veterans washington Catching up with State Legislatures Part 4 Wednesday July 9th 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 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 As STEM education and jobs continue to garner attention across the country state legislatures this spring devoted funds attention and policy language to help increase awareness and opportunities for students in this critical field

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  • CTE in Spotlight During Governors’ State of State Speeches « NASDCTEc Blog
    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

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