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  • On Track & Moving Forward: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Update « NASDCTEc Blog
    Board of Directors Finance Committee April CTE Monthly Newsletter Bipartisan Support for CTE Senate Perkins Sign On Letter Legislative Update Democratic Summit FAA Funding Flexibility Conference Committee Blocked On Track Moving Forward Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Update On April 25 the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Smarter Balanced hosted a briefing in Washington DC on the progress of the 26 state consortium Smarter Balanced is one of the two Race to the Top funded consortia of states working to develop K 12 assessment systems aligned to the Common Core State Standards The assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts Literacy will be administered online and will provide students with an early signal of their readiness for college level credit bearing courses The Smarter Balanced assessment system will include required summative assessments optional interim assessments to be administered locally through each school year and a series of formative tools and processes to be used at the classroom level The summative assessments will utilize computer adaptive testing with the goal of providing greater precision and efficiency in measuring students proficiency on the Common Core State Standards Joe Willhoft Executive Director of Smarter Balanced provided an overview of the assessment system including an update on the pilot test occurring right now in over 5 000 schools and reaching about 1 million students Willhoft also shared newly released cost estimates that peg the cost per student to be approximately 22 50 for just the summative assessment which is actually less than what about two thirds of Smarter Balanced states currently spend on assessments He noted that about 70 percent of the cost will go towards the human scoring of the performance based items included in the assessment used to measure problem solving and deeper analytical skills Willhoft also discussed the option states and districts will have to use paper and pencil tests for the first three years of administration as a strategy of easing the transition to the computer based assessments noting that the results from the paper test will be comparable with the online assessments Jacqueline King Director of Higher Education Collaboration for Smarter Balanced spoke on the role higher education has been playing throughout the design and development process Specifically she pointed to the college content readiness policy released last month that will facilitate the use of the high school assessments by institutions of higher education Students who score a three or above on the high school summative assessment will have a portable score that can be used by colleges and universities to exempt them from remedial education and place them into credit bearing courses Looking ahead Smarter Balanced will continue to engage with higher education to build awareness and support for the assessment system King also mentioned that Smarter Balanced would be exploring the idea of what the assessments mean insofar as students academic career readiness in coming months Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director Tags common core state standards postsecondary Public Policy This entry was posted on Friday April 26th 2013 at

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  • federal legislation « NASDCTEc Blog
    the Department for more assistance to better serve areas in their state where there are no job opportunities in in demand industries and to help bridge the disconnect between high poverty areas and in demand local industries Others were concerned that the focus on in demand and high growth industries will exclude some states core industries Funding was another area that attendees were worried about There was fear that the shift to competitive funding will create winners and losers among local programs Some also pointed out that local teachers and administrators do not have time to work on applications for competitive grants because they are busy serving students Competitive funding was seen as appropriate for an innovation fund but not the Basic State Grant Attendees also stated that taking 10 percent out of the Basic State Grant for an innovation fund means that fewer CTE programs will be funded Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags accountability Data federal legislation funding Innovation labor market OVAE partnerships Perkins programs of study Public Policy Career Clusters Institute Recap Perspectives from the Hill Monday June 25th 2012 The National Career Clusters Institute is an annual summer event that offers a range of seminars and workshops highlighting model CTE programs across the country that are aligned to the National Career Clusters Framework This blog series provides a recap of the broad range of information shared over the course of the event which took place June 18 20 in Washington DC On Tuesday afternoon we were joined by a panel of Congressional staffers who shared with attendees their outlook on budget topics as well as the status of a number of education and workforce related bills We were reminded that the remainder of the year is going to be a challenging one for Congress as they tackle issues such the national debt sequestration and tax cuts that are set to expire in December The combination of these fiscal problems will undoubtedly lead to cuts in many federal programs Given that it is an election year most of these issues will not be taken up until the lame duck session in November and December Because Perkins is not due for reauthorization Congress is focused on other programmatic bills such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act the Workforce Investment Act and the Child Development Block Grant There has been a lot of action around ESEA in both chambers this session but things have seemed to slow done The outlook was that it probably would not be reauthorized this year While there has been a flurry of activity on the Workforce Investment Act in the House it is unlikely that the bill will progress much further because of stalled negotiations on the Senate side However the panelists did give their perspective on Perkins related issues As far as the Obama Administration s Blueprint is concerned it could be a discussion starting point for Members of Congress as they begin talking about reauthorization More specifically the proposal for competitive funding is not popular in Congress while there is agreement that accountability and data needs to be stronger Congress would also like to see better alignment with other federal programs such as ESEA and the Higher Education Act All of the panelists stressed that they want to hear from you Constituent input is very important as they decide how to allocate federal dollars most effectively and as they work on bills such as Perkins So if you haven t already contact your Member of Congress now and let him or her know how critical CTE and Perkins is Preliminary conversations about Perkins could be starting this year and Congress needs to hear from the field about what is working what is not working and changes you would like to see made Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation National Career Clusters Institute Public Policy Tags accountability advocacy appropriations budget Congress Data debt ceiling federal legislation funding NCLB ESEA Perkins WIA Legislative Update House Committee Passes WIA Reauth Bill Friday June 8th 2012 The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a markup of H R 4297 the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 yesterday The bill represents large scale changes to the current WIA program The bill was approved by a party line vote of 23 to 15 There is no word on when the bill will go to the floor The bill proposes to consolidate approximately 30 existing workforce and training programs into a single flexible Workforce Investment Fund and it would give Governors the power to consolidate even more programs under a unified state plan The bill would also require states and locals to use common performance measures for all workforce development programs As we previously reported an earlier bill introduced by Rep Virginia Foxx NC which was merged into H R 4297 allowed states to submit a unified state plan encompassing two or more job training and related programs including both Perkins secondary and postsecondary programs Under Foxx s bill Perkins funds would have been eligible to be consolidated into a Workforce Investment Fund and used for workforce activities After hearing from the CTE community new language was added to the Workforce Investment Improvement Act that singles out Perkins as one program whose funds cannot be consolidated into the Workforce Investment Fund The Workforce Investment Improvement Act also proposes changes to the Job Corps program to ensure that CTE and job training offered under that program is focused on in demand occupations and that disadvantaged youth receive a regular high school diploma and or a postsecondary credential that prepares them for employment Democrats on the Committee are not supportive of the bill and offered a substitute bill as an amendment Their bill focused on career pathways in high demand industries that lead to industry recognized credentials and postsecondary attainment It would also expand the role of community colleges in job training The Democrats amendment was voted down along party lines

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?tag=federal-legislation&paged=2 (2016-01-08)
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  • Mark your Calendar for NASDCTEc Upcoming Webinar – Legislative Update: Summer Edition June 5, 2014 « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 REMINDER Webinar on Making Career Readiness Count next Tuesday Legislative Update Congress Announces Agreement on Workforce Development Legislation Mark your Calendar for NASDCTEc Upcoming Webinar Legislative Update Summer Edition June 5 2014 Legislative Update Summer Edition Description As the school year winds down and students gear up for summer vacation join NASDCTEc s Government Relations Associate Steve Voytek for a legislative update on federal activity related to Career Technical Education CTE and an outlook on the Fiscal Year FY 15 funding landscape Since late last year Congress has taken steps toward reauthorizing several pieces of legislation that impact CTE including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act In addition to updates on these key pieces of legislation the Obama Administration and the U S Department of Education have undertaken a number of CTE related initiatives this year in an effort to boost its support for CTE Date June 5 2014 Time 3 p m 4 p m ET Access pre registration not required To join the webinar click here about 10 minutes before the broadcast and enter as a guest Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags federal legislation funding Legislation This entry was posted on Friday May 23rd 2014 at 6 24 am and is filed under Webinars You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=10544 (2016-01-08)
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  • Reminder to Register for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Legislative Update Back to School Edition: Policy and Funding « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Legislative Update President s Proposal for College Affordability Career Pathways to Help the Middle Class Secure Better Skills and Higher Wages Reminder to Register for Upcoming NASDCTEc Webinar Legislative Update Back to School Edition Policy and Funding This is a reminder to sign up for our next webinar providing a Legislative Update Back to School Edition Policy and Funding Join Kara Herbertson NASDCTEc s Research and Policy Manager and Steve Voytek NASDCTEc s Government Relations Associate as they walk you through the latest policy happenings in Washington After years of anticipation Congress has taken steps toward reauthorizing several pieces of legislation that impact CTE including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act the Workforce Investment Act the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act In addition to updates on these key pieces of legislation we will discuss sequestration and debates over the FY14 budget Are there specific questions you would like us to address Email Kara at kherbertson careertech org and we will be sure to address your question during this webinar Time September 26 2013 at 3 p m Eastern Register NOW Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags federal legislation funding Public Policy Webinars This entry was posted on Thursday August 29th 2013 at 12 02 pm and is filed under Legislation Public Policy Webinars You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=9264 (2016-01-08)
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  • Register NOW for Upcoming NASDCTEc Legislative Update Webinar – Back to School Edition: Policy and Funding « NASDCTEc Blog
    Models On Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee On Demand Webinar Blog Series Advocacy 101 Making the Case for CTE State CTE Policy Updates Register NOW for Upcoming NASDCTEc Legislative Update Webinar Back to School Edition Policy and Funding Join Kara Herbertson NASDCTEc s Research and Policy Manager and Steve Voytek NASDCTEc s Government Relations Associate as they walk you through the latest policy happenings in Washington After years of anticipation Congress has taken steps toward reauthorizing several pieces of legislation that impact CTE including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act the Workforce Investment Act the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act In addition to updates on these key pieces of legislation we will discuss sequestration and debates over the FY14 budget Are there specific questions you would like us to address Email Kara at kherbertson careertech org and we will be sure to address your question during this webinar Time September 26 2013 at 3 p m Eastern Register NOW Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags federal legislation NCLB ESEA Webinars WIA This entry was posted on Friday August 23rd 2013 at 8 24 am and is filed under Webinars You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives Select

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=9206 (2016-01-08)
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  • Legislative Update: ESEA Update; New CTE-Related Bills Proposed « NASDCTEc Blog
    through CTE programs of study The GREEN Act would authorize 100 million in competitive grants to postsecondary institutions local education agencies CTE schools and community partners to develop clean energy programs of study and curriculum The bill would also authorize funding to build energy efficient CTE facilities and promote renewable energy practices The clean energy sector currently employs around 3 million Americans and growth of the sector is doubling that of the overall economy CTE programs will be instrumental to providing education and training to individuals pursuing careers in clean energy In Representative McNerney s press release for the bill Kimberly Green Executive Director at NASDCTEc expressed support on behalf of our members We applaud Congressman McNerney s introduction of the Grants for Renewable Energy Education Act Promoting energy efficient Career Technical Education facilities and supporting the development of Career Technical Education programs of study in the fields of clean energy renewable energy and energy efficiency will ensure that the United States has the workforce needed to build support and maintain the energy infrastructure essential for our country s future ESEA Update ESEA currently enacted through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 NCLB expired at the end of FY 2008 and has since been eligible for reauthorization As we reported last week several ESEA reauthorization proposals have been introduced in Congress See a side by side comparison of the proposals here Senate Approves Democrat ESEA Bill This week the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP Committee approved the Democrats ESEA reauthorization bill the Strengthening America s Schools Act on a party line vote of 12 10 HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin D IA noted that he would like to move the bill to a floor vote this year but that this is unlikely to happen before September Senator Lamar Alexander R TN whose ESEA reauthorization proposal substitute was voted down by the committee stated that he would like to amend Senator Harkin s bill significantly when it reaches the floor Read more about the proposals on our blog Ten amendments to the bill were adopted including Sen Baldwin D WI Amendment to include career readiness measures from the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act on state and school report cards Sen Harkin Amendment making clear that if states don t want to implement accountability measures in the ESEA bill they are not obligated to take Title I money for their state Sen Patty Murray D WA Amendment for schools to track children of military members as a separate subgroup Thirteen amendments were offered but not passed including Sen Michael Enzi R WY Amendment to scale back federal role in the bill as related to school improvement and accountability Sen Tim Scott R SC Amendment to change special education testing and also to clarify that states can change their standards without the permission of the U S Secretary of Education House ESEA Proposal Markup Set House Republicans on the Education and the Workforce Committee introduced their

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=8925 (2016-01-08)
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  • Legislative Update: ESEA Proposals Introduced in House and Senate « NASDCTEc Blog
    achievement and turn around the lowest performing schools Though parts of the bill focus on college and career readiness and include opportunities relevant to Career Technical Education CTE such as dual enrollment and career academies NASDCTEc believes that there is greater opportunity to focus on career readiness within the bill We have sent a joint letter to Senator Harkin with the Association for Career and Technical Education to indicate areas of the bill where more components of CTE would be beneficial to all students The Senate HELP Committee is scheduled to begin markup of the bill next Tuesday June 11 2013 A summary of the bill is available here Senate Republican ESEA Proposal Republicans from the Senate HELP Committee under the leadership of Ranking Member Lamar Alexander R TN introduced this week their own proposal for ESEA reauthorization called the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2013 The Republican proposal is similar to a previous bill introduced by Senator Alexander in the last Congress The newer version however removes key aspects with possible bipartisan support including Continuation of the School Improvement Grants Keeping the Maintenance of Effort in place Continuation of the Race to the Top initiative Like the Senate HELP Democrats bill the Republican bill moves away from the strict federal accountability system put in place through NCLB However the Alexander bill would eliminate the highly qualified teacher provision and allow but not require states to use Title II to develop teacher evaluation systems that take into account student performance The Senate Republican proposal would not allow the U S Secretary of Education to require districts to adopt certain tests standards or accountability systems and would give more priority to school choice The Democratic and Republican bills are even less similar than those presented in the previous Congress As such a compromise on ESEA reauthorization seems less likely and at the least the removal of common elements from the proposals may slow the progress of ESEA reauthorization House Republican ESEA Proposal House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline R MN and Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita R IN introduced this week the Student Success Act H R 5 a companion piece to the Republicans ESEA bill The bill combines three ESEA bills introduced during the last Congress with a few changes Of note the proposal would eliminate the federal Adequate Yearly Progress metric and replace it with state developed accountability systems The bill would also repeal the highly qualified teacher provision A summary of the bill is available here The bill is scheduled for markup on Wednesday June 19 2013 Staff will continue to monitor and share any developments related to these proposals and ESEA reauthorization CRS Releases Report on ESEA HEA Teacher Issues The Congressional Research Service CRS released a timely report on teacher related issues that Congress should consider during the reauthorization of ESEA and the Higher Education Act HEA The report Elementary and Secondary School Teachers

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=8908 (2016-01-08)
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  • Legislative Update: Global Economy Act; Workforce Data Quality Campaign; CAREER Act « NASDCTEc Blog
    highly effective teachers in STEM subjects and providing robust tools and supports for students and teachers Closing student achievement gaps and preparing more students to be on track for college and career readiness Many of the provisions in the bill link to our vision for CTE especially in regard to our aim to ensure that the United States leads in global competitiveness The bill would direct more money towards STEM strives to prepare more students to be career ready and increases professional development opportunities for teachers Inaugural Workforce Data Quality Campaign Meeting Last week NASDCTEc took part in the inaugural meeting of the Workforce Data Quality Campaign WDQC NASDCTEc is an inaugural partner in the WDQC in addition to the Association for Career and Technical Education the Center for Law and Social Policy the Data Quality Campaign the National Association of State Workforce Agencies the National Skills Coalition and the New America Foundation The WDQC promotes inclusive aligned and market relevant education and workforce data systems supported by state and federal policies Some of the issues being examined by the WDQC include Promoting data systems that capture individual achievement in postsecondary degrees and industry recognized credentials Expanding the use of information on individual participant outcomes and ensuring it is linked with the changing structure of the labor market Making data expectations clear and consistent across the pending reauthorizations of the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins the Workforce Investment Act the Higher Education Act and ESEA This exciting initiative will shape the future of CTE data and accountability and regular updates on progress will be shared with members The aims of the WDQC initiative link very closely with our vision through our support of federal policies that make the collection of nationally comparable valid and reliable data possible and efficient and our support of aligning data requirements and accountability measures among federal education and workforce preparation programs CAREER Act Senators Bennet D CO and Portman R OH last week reintroduced the Career Through Responsive Efficient and Effective Retraining CAREER Act S 804 According to the bill summary S 804 aims to make federal job training programs more responsive to the needs of employers more efficient with taxpayer dollars and more effective in connecting the unemployed with highly paid jobs by 1 Reorganizing the Federal Government s training programs to make them more efficient by working with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to produce a report detailing how to decrease the number of federal job training programs without decreasing services or accessibility using a 2011 Government Accountability Office GAO report as a template The GAO report lists Perkins as one of the funds that could be consolidated 2 Giving community colleges CTE institutions and other key educators priority access for funding that equips workers with the credentials that are in demand by industry 3 Introducing accountability to job training through a pay for performance pilot program 4 Providing states and local stakeholders with access

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=8585 (2016-01-08)
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