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  • Next Generation Science Standards « NASDCTEc Blog
    not limited to a renewed opportunity to integrate traditional science courses with CTE courses in engineering health sciences and agriculture Our State CTE Policy Updates will monitor progress on state adoption and new resources relevant to the CTE field in the coming months Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in Public Policy Uncategorized Tags Next Generation Science Standards Public Policy Standards state CTE policy update 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 initiative Achieve is excited to have the opportunity to share the details of this work and engage directly with you the Career Technical Education CTE community CTE is a major stakeholder and partner in the effort to develop science standards for today s students and tomorrow s workforce About the Next Generation Science Standards The NGSS will be K 12 science standards created through a collaborative state led process To date 26 Lead Partner States are providing leadership to the writing teams and to other states as they consider adoption of the NGSS The new standards are being drafted based on the Framework for K 12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council the staffing arm of the National Academy of Sciences The vision laid out in the Framework identifies what students need to know and be able to do in order to be a functional citizen which includes being scientifically literate and an effective member of the United States workforce Briefly the Framework established three dimensions of scientific proficiency Science and engineering practices major practices that scientists and engineers employ as they investigate and build models and theories about the world Crosscutting concepts concepts have application across all domains of science and Disciplinary core ideas those ideas with broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or key organizing principles of a single discipline The NGSS will bring this vision to life and to K 12 classrooms What Do the Next Generation Science Standards Mean for CTE We believe the NGSS will offer excellent opportunities for stronger alignment between science and CTE instruction While the NGSS won t replace existing CTE courses or pathways e g engineering agriculture life sciences the standards can enhance CTE coursework in meaningful ways Specifically the NGSS can and should serve as a bridge between what science educators are teaching in their classrooms the content and what CTE educators are teaching in their classrooms the applications This comes through most prominently in how the NGSS treat engineering technology and

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  • state CTE policy update « NASDCTEc Blog
    Technical Education CTE in the Lone Star state Below is a high level summary of each of the bills HB 5 The most significant bill is the 100 page HB 5 which addresses a wide array of issues many of which have a direct impact on Career Technical Education in the state The most significant changes are that students now only need to take five end of course exams for graduation down from 12 exams and revisions to the high school graduation requirements While the end of course assessments used to count towards 15 of a student s grade a student s performance on the assessments can no longer be used for this purpose or to determine class rank which is significant given Texas policy of open access to public institutions of higher education for those students in the top 10 of their class or the 10 percent rule As far as the changes to the graduation requirements currently all students are automatically enrolled into the Recommended High School Program a curriculum set at the college and career ready level and aligned with most admissions requirements at the state s public four year institutions Students can choose to opt down into a lower diploma track Texas was the first state in the country to adopt such graduation requirements at the college and career ready level for all students Under the new system however students will be automatically enrolled in the Foundation program requiring four years of English three credits in mathematics including Algebra I and geometry science including biology and chemistry or physics and social studies two credits in the same language including computer programming languages five elective credits and one fine arts credit Students can also pursue CTE focused endorsements in STEM Business and Industry Public Services Arts and Humanities and Multidisciplinary Studies which requires a fourth year of math and science or advanced CTE courses two additional elective credits and some concentration of CTE courses which is largely undefined in the legislation Students can also graduate with distinguished level of achievement by completing the Foundation requirements plus a fourth year of mathematics including Algebra II a fourth credit of science and an endorsement Importantly only students who graduate at the distinguished level will be able to take advantage of the automatic state college admissions under the top 10 percent rule A few other key provisions include Districts can offer a course or activity without state approval if it s developed with institutions of higher education and business labor and allows students to directly enter without remediation an institution of higher education CTE training program apprenticeship or internship required for an industry recognized certificate or course credit Principals must ensure any middle school students who are off track to graduation develop a personal graduation plan All high school students are expected to have personal graduation plans as well that identify which if any endorsements and diploma options the student plans to pursue High school diplomas and transcripts will indicate whether a student has completed a certificate Foundation program endorsement distinguished level of achievement and performance acknowledgement Change to A F grading for district and school level accountability performance The adoption or development by the TEA of postsecondary readiness assessment tools Algebra II and English III Reimbursements to districts for students certification and licensure exams Special accreditation investigations may be conducted by the Texas Education Agency TEA when if excessive numbers of students or disproportionate numbers of students from certain demographic groups are graduating with a particular endorsement and or not completing Algebra II HB 2201 Increase in Advanced Technology and Career Related Courses This bill requires that the State Board of Education identifies and approves at least six advanced CTE and or technology application courses that may satisfy the fourth credit of mathematics required for endorsements and the distinguished level diploma The Act specifically mentions personal financial literacy as one option of an acceptable course The law also changes earlier language allowing students to substitute their third and fourth years of mathematics and science courses with advanced career and technical course s designated by the State Board of Education as containing substantively similar and rigorous and academic content Finally this bill directs the State Board to establish a process for reviewing and approving applied science technology engineering and mathematics STEM courses to count towards students mathematics and science requirements after they have completed Algebra I and biology Note This bill has been wrapped into HB 5 SB 441 Texas Fast Start Program This bill requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to identify and develop models to support fast start programs at Texas junior colleges state public colleges and public technical institutions that effectively enable students to obtain postsecondary certificates and degrees at an accelerated pace The fast start programs can incorporate competency based learning techniques must be accessible to a range of adult leaners and must be deployable statewide HB 3662 Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program This bill establishes the Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program to provide districts and institutions of higher education opportunities to create and offer innovative programs designed to prepare students for high demand careers The awarded programs must focus on student engagement through competency based learning anchored in the goal of students earning postsecondary certificates or degrees and incorporate CTE dual enrollment or early college opportunities A major goal of this bill is to develop model programs and practices that can be shared statewide The Act takes effect in September 2013 it is unclear exactly when sites will be selected HB 842 CTE College Credit This bill clarifies and broadens the state s current dual enrollment policy to allow students to earn concurrent academic credit for a course or activity including an apprenticeship or another training program that leads to an industry recognized credential certificate or associate s degree and is approved by the Texas Higher Education Commission The bill goes into effect for the 2013 14 school year HB 809 Employment Information for

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  • NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Blog Series: Certiport – Leading Certification in Validating Student Workforce Skills « NASDCTEc Blog
    NASDCTEC Fall Meeting Blog Series Our Future Depends on Putting Tech Education at the Core CTE Research Review International Comparisons Show U S Adults Behind in Literacy and Basic Math Skills NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Blog Series Certiport Leading Certification in Validating Student Workforce Skills This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Guest bloggers are partner organizations supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in the Baltimore MD area October 21 23 2013 Today s guest blogger is Aaron Osmond Vice President North America Sales of Certiport a Pearson Vue Company and Utah State Senator Certiport Helps Millions of Students Earn Industry Recognized Certification in CTE Programs Certiport a Pearson VUE business is the world leader in performance based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions currently delivering nearly 2 million certification exams each year around the world There has never been a better time for Career Technical Education CTE programs to implement certification The global job market is increasingly competitive and the U S government continues to push schools to improve their CTE programs to prepare students to enter the workforce The quality of CTE programs varies greatly across the U S but certification can be a universal equalizer By arming students with an industry recognized certification CTE programs can simultaneously boost student resumes while satisfying state assessment requirements In North Carolina for instance the Department of Public Instruction entered a statewide licensing agreement with Microsoft and Certiport to give their students wherever they lived in North Carolina the opportunity to earn valuable information technology credentials such as the Microsoft Office Specialist or Microsoft Technology Associate Now more than 100 000 students and teachers have earned certifications in North Carolina and Aaron Fleming Director of CTE for Lee County Public Schools is proud of what the program has accomplished The Microsoft IT Academy allows students to prove to employers they have a specific skill that is in demand Certification is one way to close the skills gap it s one way for employers to find someone to fill exactly what they need in an open position Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program the Adobe Certified Associate certification program the HP Accredited Technical Associate the CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals the Autodesk Certified User certification program the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the Internet and Computing Core Certification IC³ To learn more about how Certiport can help your CTE program teach and validate in demand workforce skills with industry recognized certification stop by the Certiport booth at the Fall Meeting or visit www certiport com The NASDCTEc Fall Meeting will be held October 21 23 2013 at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Linthicum MD More information Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags credentials This entry was posted on Friday October 11th 2013

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  • Business Roundtable Releases Priorities for Improving Education and Workforce Training « NASDCTEc Blog
    Adults Behind in Literacy and Basic Math Skills Federal Government Shutdown and Debt Limit Stalemate Continues Business Roundtable Releases Priorities for Improving Education and Workforce Training This week the Business Roundtable BRT released a report detailing the organization s approach to ensuring the competitiveness of the U S workforce The report draws on interviews with over 30 experts in education and workforce development including NASDCTEc s Executive Director Kimberly Green and Associate Executive Director Kate Blosveren The report Taking Action on Education and Workforce Preparedness identifies five priorities for achieving the group s objective Fully adopt and implement the Common Core State Standards Encourage students to study and pursue careers in the fields of science technology engineering and math STEM Develop more effective teachers Expand access to high quality early learning programs Ensure that postsecondary education and workforce training programs align with employer needs The report offers a wide range of policy solutions for each of these priorities and includes recommendations for the CTE community For instance the report is supportive of competency based learning models as a way for students to better demonstrate mastery of skills and knowledge It also promotes skills based assessments and incentives for completing credentials that are industry recognized and valued by prospective employers CTE programs across the country continue to be excellent models for how these goals can be achieved BRT also encourages policy makers to include the expansion of pathways between education and careers through the reauthorization of the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act This legislation has historically served as a catalyst for many of these policy recommendations and aspects of it such as Rigorous Programs of Study have been successful models in helping students transition from the classroom to the workplace The full report can be found here Steve

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  • June CTE Monthly: Survey Shows CTE As Rigorous, Relevant « NASDCTEc Blog
    User Agreement Relevant Resources Issue Briefs Papers Jobs and the Economy College and Career Readiness Effective Models On Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee State CTE Policy Updates Texas Edition CTE Research Review New Georgetown Report Projects Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020 June CTE Monthly Survey Shows CTE As Rigorous Relevant CTE Monthly a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium features the latest news on Career Technical Education CTE from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress In the June edition read more about Area CTE Centers Cost Effectively Conquer the Skills Gap Survey Findings Demonstrate the Effectiveness and Relevancy of CTE For Students Support for the GREEN Act Exemplary CTE Programs and Students in New York Texas and Utah View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other advocacy resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page Kara Herbertson Research and Policy Manager This entry was posted on Wednesday June 26th 2013 at 6 05 am and is filed under News Resources You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives Select Month January 2016 2 December 2015 6 November 2015 9 October 2015 13 September 2015 11 August

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  • Career Clusters® Institute Series: Online Resources are Rich in Content « NASDCTEc Blog
    and Education Requirements through 2020 Legislative Update Senate Releases WIA Discussion Draft Career Clusters Institute Series Online Resources are Rich in Content The 2013 National Career Clusters Institute was held June 10 12 in Fort Worth Texas and resources are now available on our Web site Institute resources page Primarily Power Points and handouts the resources highlight the presenters sessions There are many resources available for viewing Several resources were provided by one of our presenters Gregg Christensen Entrepreneurship and Career Education Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education Nebraska s State Director is Rich Katt who is leading several innovative initiatives in Nebraska including the development and growth of collaboration programs such as the ones described below in Gregg s session Gregg s session includes links to some of his resources giving you examples of the rich content available on our resources page Session Building Strategic Alliances with Business Industry Workforce Development and Economic Development Bringing together key partners to achieve buy in support and advocacy for important Career Technical Education initiatives and projects has never been more crucial But there must be a win win dynamic in place and their investment of time energy and resources must be respected at every stage This session will share best practices for building strategic alliances with diverse groups Participants will review examples and outcomes of collaborative work that has taken place in Nebraska including the Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice Career Readiness Modules Professional Development Modules H3 Website Preparation for Tomorrow Food and Nutritional Sciences project and others Gregg highlighted the Nebraska Career Education Web site and shared the resource Nebraska Workforce System Model showing partnership groups Gregg shared these resources and several others from this session they are available on our resources page Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager This

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  • Graduation Rates « NASDCTEc Blog
    The President also touched on other education issues such as high school dropouts calling on states to require students to stay in school until graduation or until they turn 18 In terms of college access and affordability the President urged Congress to keep student interest rates low and extend the tuition tax credit He also asked institutions of higher education to keep costs down and was blunt in his commitment to making postsecondary education more affordable saying If you can t stop tuition from going up the funding you get from taxpayers will go down Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Public Policy Tags budget community colleges Congress funding Graduation Rates Job training manufacturing middle class Perkins Post Secondary Access and Affordability postsecondary president skills gap WIA workforce Secretary Duncan Commends CTE Center for Narrowing Skills Gap Wednesday January 18th 2012 On a visit to Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Ohio last week U S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commended the school for its innovation and creativity in establishing strong connections with local businesses to prepare students for further education and careers He stated that I am in schools two to three times a week all over the country and I haven t seen too many places like this The Secretary s remarks referred to the Center s efforts to narrow the skills gap by working closely with local employers One example of this is the strong relationship the school has formed with Caterpillar Logistics a manufacturing and distribution company Through collaboration with businesses the school is able to identify and teach knowledge and skills that are of value to employers and provide relevant training so that graduates will meet the needs of employers To date Caterpillar Logistics has brought on 250 Miami Valley graduates and plans to take on 250 new hires this year Miami Valley s success is also evident through its nearly 100 percent graduation rate Many of the school s graduates continue on to postsecondary education Similar achievements and connections to industry can be found in CTE programs across the nation Beginning in February stellar CTE programs will be highlighted on the NASDCTEc CTE Success Map Members can log in and view the Success Map today Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst By Kara in News Tags Graduation Rates Job training Secretary Duncan New Democrat Coalition Releases ESEA Framework Tuesday December 13th 2011 The New Democrat Coalition a group of moderate members of the House released a framework for the reauthorization of ESEA The framework stresses the need for a comprehensive approach to reauthorization calling well educated students the foundation for a strong workforce globally competitive businesses and sustainable economic growth Some of the principles outlined in the framework that are relevant to CTE include Access to a quality well rounded education for all students Ensure that students have access to a wide range of classes that contribute to school engagement and academic achievement such as social studies service learning career and technical education art music physical education and health education High school graduates who are well prepared for college and jobs in the global economy Emphasize the need for challenging and relevant coursework including science technology engineering and math STEM subjects as well as global competence international education problem solving creativity teamwork and communication Modernize and improve the quality of standards assessment systems and data collection to accurately measure and improve the academic progress of each student toward college and career readiness Support programs that provide students access to rigorous and advanced coursework including in higher education settings Reduce high school dropout rates and re engage students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out through programs that have proven to increase student attendance academic counseling credit recovery in a college and career ready course or study and ensure that all schools are safe learning environments for all students Outstanding educator is in the classroom of every student Support and develop the next generation of inspirational math and science teachers to make America s students competitive in the STEM fields that are vital for a thriving workforce in the global economy Innovative and creative approaches that improve student learning Encourage non traditional innovative partnerships to improve student achievement outcomes and leverage public dollars through responsible and transparent public private partnerships school community partnerships private sector led research programs and partnerships with colleges These principles will guide us in promoting best practices learned from schools including charter and magnet schools and replicate in other schools for positive outcomes We need to encourage non traditional approaches to education such as partnerships with the private sector to encourage innovation in education We then need to find successful ways to disseminate this information to discover innovative ways to improve educator effectiveness for better student outcomes said Rep Susan Davis CA New Democrat Education Task Force Co Chair Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Tags college and career readiness Congress dual enrollment Graduation Rates NCLB ESEA Public Policy Secondary NASDCTEc Signs on to Extended Graduation Brief Friday August 19th 2011 NASDCTEc has signed on in support of a new brief that encourage states use of extended year graduation rates in adequate yearly progress calculations and incorporation of these rates into their state accountability frameworks systems Written by the American Youth Policy Forum Gateway to College National Network and the National Youth Employment Coalition this brief Making Every Diploma Count Using Extended Year Graduation Rates to Measure Student Success aims to educate and inform states about the flexibilities that currently exist to use extended year graduation rates as a policy mechanism to encourage schools and districts to continue to work with over age under credit students These rates provide for the inclusion of students who take longer than four years to earn a high school diploma but who successfully earn their credential in five or six years Extended year graduation rates allow states to document increases in graduation rates compared to

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  • New Blog Series: CTE Research Review « NASDCTEc Blog
    is excited to launch a new blog series CTE Research Review This blog will feature the latest research and reports about CTE and other related education and workforce issues The Council on Foreign Relations released a new report Progress Report and Scorecard Remedial Education that has been referenced several times this week by figures such as U S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to illustrate the importance of educating and training a globally competitive workforce The authors of this report stress that the United States is slipping in global competitiveness and that the achievement gap between wealthy and non wealthy students is widening The authors also write that Human capital is perhaps the single most important long term driver of an economy and challenge the federal government to put in place programs that will expand high quality education for all students ACT s STEM Education Pipeline Doing the Math on Recruiting Math and Science Teachers reviews the proposed federal STEM Teacher Pathway program aimed at getting 100 000 qualified science technology engineering and math STEM professionals into the classroom over the next decade and finds an insufficient number of STEM college graduates who would be qualified or willing to become STEM teachers To meet the number of teachers needed the authors suggest recruitment strategies targeted toward STEM capable students interest in education and STEM capable students undecided of their college major A new issue brief from the Education Commission of the States Reimagining Business Involvement A New Frontier for Postsecondary Education lays out research backed models and strategies to improve the quality of credentials and increase alignment with the needs of business and industry Suggestions include possible methods of engagement to strengthen partnerships between business industry and education the role of state policy in building a statewide partnership plan and economic benefits for states A recent study from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education examines South Carolina s programs of study and career pathways developed through the state s Education and Economic Development Act EEDA and finds some positive impacts for the students The study indicates that EEDA positively impacts career focused activities at all schools and enhances the role of school guidance counselors The National Center for Education Statistics released its annual Condition of Education report Two areas of relevance highlighted by this year s report are Trends in Employment Rates by Educational Attainment and The Status of Rural Education Not surprisingly the report shows that employment for males and females ages 25 64 was lower in 2012 than in 2008 regardless of education levels due to recovery from the economic recession Between 1990 and 2012 employment rates for those with a bachelor s degree remained higher than those with less than a bachelor s degree The report on rural education found that students in rural districts experienced higher graduation rates 80 percent than students in city 68 percent or town districts 79 percent but slightly lower rates than suburban districts 81 percent Kara Herbertson Research

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