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  • Secretary Duncan « NASDCTEc Blog
    endeavors are raising standards improving student performance reducing dropout rates and strengthening the teaching profession But as we in the CTE community know education also plays an important role in strengthening the economy and closing the skills gap Said Duncan With more than three million unfilled jobs in this country the public understand s that we have a skills gap that will only be closed if America does a better job training and preparing people for work The public supports investing in education but as Duncan pointed out they worry about where the money will come from Duncan laid out the areas where there is still work to be done including reforming CTE programs in high schools and community colleges state driven accountability recruiting more math and science teachers and closing the skills gap By Nancy in Public Policy Tags accountability common core state standards community colleges funding future Graduation Rates Job training Public Policy Secretary Duncan skills gap Standards STEM teachers Education Secretary Maps Out 2012 Back to School Bus Tour Friday August 17th 2012 Education Secretary Arne Duncan will hit the road with senior Education Department leaders on the third Education Drives America bus tour on Sept 12 in Redwood City California The multi city tour will conclude at the Department of Education s headquarters in Washington D C on the evening of Sept 21 Stops include Sacramento California Reno and Elko Nevada Salt Lake City Utah Rawlins Rock Springs and Cheyenne Wyoming Denver and Limon Colorado Topeka and Emporia Kansas Kansas City and Columbia Missouri Mt Vernon Illinois Evansville Indiana Lexington Kentucky Charleston and McDowell County West Virginia Roanoke and Richmond Virginia The tour will highlight education successes and convene communities to talk about P 12 school reform college affordability and the link between education and jobs More details on each stop will be announced in the coming weeks To receive updates about the tour sign up for the Education Drives Americ a e mail by clicking on this link Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager By Erin in News Tags bus tour Education Drives America Secretary Duncan Legislative Update Alternative Certification Career Academies Friday July 27th 2012 House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Alternative Certification The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing this week to examine alternative certification of teachers The topic is a timely one given its connection to defining highly qualified teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act In 2010 Congress passed legislation that allowed students enrolled in alternative certification programs to be considered highly qualified teachers The House Labor HHS Education appropriations bill seeks to extend this definition for two more years There was general support for alternative routes to certification on both sides of the aisle during the hearing Chairman of the subcommittee Rep Duncan Hunter CA had this to say Alternative certification routes help address teacher shortages in particular geographic areas and subject matter as well as strengthen the overall quality of the teaching profession While Republicans know there is no one size fits all federal solution to help put more effective teachers in the classroom supporting the availability and acceptance of alternative certification programs is one way the public and private sectors can join together to ensure more students have access to a quality education from an extraordinary educator Cynthia Brown Vice President for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress agreed that alternative certification programs hold a lot of promise but that there need to be policies in place to ensure that they are high quality innovative and effective which also holds true for traditional teacher preparation programs She suggested that Congress focus on teacher effectiveness rather than alternative routes to certification More Details on Career Academies Proposal Last week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Academy Foundation s NEXT Conference about the President s FY13 budget proposal to invest 1 billion in career academies Funding at this level could increase the number of career academies by 3 000 and serve an additional 500 000 students According to Duncan 200 million in grants to states would be available in FY13 and 400 million would be available in both FY14 and FY15 Grants to would total 4 million each to states and would be given over a three year period States would distribute those funds competitively to locals As part of the grant program the Department of Education is proposing a definition of career academy that each state must use for the in state competition A career academy is a secondary school program as organized as a small learning com munity or school within a school to provide the support of a personalized learning environment The academy must begin in ninth grade and combine credit bearing academic and techni cal curriculum The academy must organize curriculum around a career theme like those proposed by NAF hospitality and tourism IT health sci ence and engineering and be aligned with states college and career ready standards The academy must provide work based learning and career exploration activities through partnerships with local employers The academy must articulate entrance re quirements of postsecondary education programs to ensure students graduate from high school ready to pursue a higher education degree or credential Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags Alternative Certification career academies Career Exploration college and career readiness Congress credentials federal grants funding highly qualified teachers NCLB ESEA Secondary Secretary Duncan small learning communities Standards Teacher Shortage teachers Senate Holds Hearing on Impact of Sequestration on Education Programs Wednesday July 25th 2012 The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education held a hearing this morning to hear from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a panel of state and local educators about the impact of sequestration on education programs Chairman of the subcommittee Senator Tom Harkin IA called on his colleagues to come to a bipartisan and balanced approach to deficit reduction rather than the arbitrary cuts

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  • Florida Legislature Passes Bill Introducing College-Ready and Career-Ready Tracks « NASDCTEc Blog
    Community College Grants NASDCTEc Recognizes All Stars Florida Legislature Passes Bill Introducing College Ready and Career Ready Tracks Florida Governor Rick Scott of signed a bill this week restructuring the state s graduation requirements At the heart of the legislation is the repeal of the state s current high school graduation requirements adopted in 2010 to be fully implemented with the graduating class of 2016 which required all students to complete four years of mathematics including Algebra I Geometry and Algebra II in alignment with the state s adopted Common Core State Standards and three years of science including Biology and Chemistry or Physics Under the new requirements to impact the graduating class of 2014 students can choose a career pathway that would allow them to be waived from Algebra II Chemistry and Physics courses as well as the end of course assessments in those subjects and take more Career Technical Education CTE courses or other work based learning experiences in their place The Florida State Board of Education will determine which courses will be allowed to substitute the waived academic courses If students take the new minimum requirements and earn one or more industry certification they will receive a merit designation Or students can earn scholar designation if they complete the current graduation requirements with the goal of this pathway preparing students for a four year degree The legislation includes a strong focus on career exploration and articulates that districts should work with local workforce boards business and industry and postsecondary institutions to create partnerships and career focused courses which would then need to be approved by the State Board of Education The legislation also changes Florida s assessment requirements by making the currently high stakes biology and geometry end of course assessments count as 30 percent of a student s grade rather than a requirement for graduation The Algebra I and English 10 exams will still be required for all students but also count as 30 percent of the student s final grade rather than be fully high stakes Finally the bill ensures the current economics course requirement includes an emphasis on financial literacy The bill aims to provide students with more flexibility and better align high school with workforce demands and many of the provisions will achieve that However there is valid concern that the new graduation requirements will mean not all students will be expected to learn and therefore will have access to the Common Core State Standards CCSS The concern is largely around the fact that unless the approved CTE courses credentials and experiences are indeed rigorous both in terms of the technical expectations and academic expectations some students will be tracked into less rigorous pathways limiting their postsecondary and career options in the long term We ll be tracking the issue and particularly the work of the State Board of Education moving forward Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director Tags college and career readiness common core state standards Graduation Rates Public Policy This entry was

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=8437 (2016-01-08)
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  • Secretary Duncan Outlines Progress Made and Goals for the Future « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 NCES Updates CTE Statistics Web Site Reminder Register Now for NASDCTEc Webinar Tomorrow CTE Trend Analysis Secretary Duncan Outlines Progress Made and Goals for the Future This afternoon Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Press Club about the state of American education Duncan highlighted the Obama Administration s achievements and challenges over the last four years and offered his take on the obstacles facing public schools in the years ahead Chief among the Department s endeavors are raising standards improving student performance reducing dropout rates and strengthening the teaching profession But as we in the CTE community know education also plays an important role in strengthening the economy and closing the skills gap Said Duncan With more than three million unfilled jobs in this country the public understand s that we have a skills gap that will only be closed if America does a better job training and preparing people for work The public supports investing in education but as Duncan pointed out they worry about where the money will come from Duncan laid out the areas where there is still work to be done including reforming CTE programs in high schools and community colleges state driven accountability recruiting more math and science teachers and closing the skills gap Tags accountability common core state standards community colleges funding future Graduation Rates Job training Public Policy Secretary Duncan skills gap Standards STEM teachers This entry was posted on Tuesday October 2nd 2012 at 1 03 pm and is filed under Public Policy You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=7209 (2016-01-08)
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  • State CTE Profiles Update Reflects Latest CTE Data, Funding Trends « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 REGISTER NOW for the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Senate Hearing Focuses on College Affordability Witness Calls for Streamlining Federal Reporting Requirements State CTE Profiles Update Reflects Latest CTE Data Funding Trends The State CTE Profile webpage a resource that provides an overview of Career Technical Education CTE in each state has been updated to reflect the latest trends and initiatives impacting CTE in the states Highlights include CTE school and enrollment data Funding trends in CTE Perkins accountability outcomes for 2010 11 and previous years Career Clusters and programs of study updates State CTE Web sites Want to learn more about CTE trends across the nation Check www careertech org this fall when NASDCTEc will release trend analysis papers on Career Clusters and programs of study CTE teacher faculty recruitment and retention CTE funding and CTE governance based on states most recent CTE information State CTE Profiles can be accessed here Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst Tags accountability Data dual enrollment funding Graduation Rates Perkins This entry was posted on Wednesday September 12th 2012 at 12 33 pm and is filed under NASDCTEc 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=7098 (2016-01-08)
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  • CTE in the News: Learning that Works « NASDCTEc Blog
    of Directors Finance Committee Legislative Update Agriculture Education Rule Appropriations Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series Education Malfunction is a Myth CTE in the News Learning that Works Across the nation Career Technical Education CTE programs have evolved from their former job tracking model and are now demonstrating significant outcomes in students academic achievement and work preparation according to a recent TIME Magazine article Programs in states like Arizona are smashing the old image of CTE About 27 percent of Arizona students opt for the tech ed path those students are more likely to score higher on the state s aptitude tests graduate from high school and go on to higher education than those who do not the article said For example in East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa 98 5 percent of whose students graduate from high school However decision makers who could increase access to quality CTE programs are still unaware or not convinced of CTE s value said some advocates John Huppenthal Arizona State Education Superintendent said CTE is a tough sell to the state s education establishment It doesn t have the prestige of a college prep course he says and it costs a lot more than two dimensional education to do it right It is clear that shifting perception of CTE is still much needed despite the progress made in sending students to college providing access to valuable postsecondary credentials and preparing them for high demand jobs Highlighting CTE programs that send the message that CTE is learning that works needs to be heard Do you have a CTE program that works Add your program to NASDCTEc s CTE Success Map Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager Tags Arizona college and career readiness Graduation Rates student outcomes This entry was posted on Friday May 11th

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=6217 (2016-01-08)
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  • student outcomes « NASDCTEc Blog
    whose students graduate from high school However decision makers who could increase access to quality CTE programs are still unaware or not convinced of CTE s value said some advocates John Huppenthal Arizona State Education Superintendent said CTE is a tough sell to the state s education establishment It doesn t have the prestige of a college prep course he says and it costs a lot more than two dimensional education to do it right It is clear that shifting perception of CTE is still much needed despite the progress made in sending students to college providing access to valuable postsecondary credentials and preparing them for high demand jobs Highlighting CTE programs that send the message that CTE is learning that works needs to be heard Do you have a CTE program that works Add your program to NASDCTEc s CTE Success Map Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager By Erin in News Tags Arizona college and career readiness Graduation Rates student outcomes Executive Order Increases Oversight for Colleges Serving Veterans Tuesday May 1st 2012 Over the last several years the for profit education sector has been under the microscope here in DC The Senate HELP Committee launched an investigation and held a series of hearings on deceptive marketing practices and student outcomes The U S Department of Education issued rules on program integrity and gainful employment Now President Obama has issued an Executive Order that would provide greater oversight for institutions of higher education that serve veterans and their families While the Executive Order is aimed at protecting veterans from aggressive and deceptive targeting primarily by for profit institutions it could impact not for profit institutions that serve veterans as well More specifically the Executive Order would require institutions to disclose more transparent information about financial aid and student outcomes require the Department of Defense regulate recruiting practices at military installations trademark the term GI Bill establish a centralized complaint system for students and improve support services For more information see the White House press release Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Public Policy Tags postsecondary student outcomes veterans Department of Education Releases Plan to Improve Measures of Postsecondary Success Monday April 16th 2012 In response to President Obama s goal of increasing the number of college graduates the Department of Education has developed an action plan for improving measures of postsecondary student success This action plan is based on the recommendations of the Department s Committee on Measures of Student Success which found that the current federal graduation rate measure is incomplete and does not adequately convey the wide range of student outcomes at two year institutions The Committee also found that data are not collected on other important outcomes achieved by students at two year institutions The Department s Action Plan for Improving Measures of Postsecondary Success seeks to provide more complete information on student persistence and completion by augmenting current postsecondary measures of student success For example graduation rate reporting required for institutions of higher

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?tag=student-outcomes (2016-01-08)
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  • Department of Education Releases Plan to Improve Measures of Postsecondary Success « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Governors to Focus on Education and Job Creation in 2012 April CTE Monthly Newsletter Report Assesses Progress toward Postsecondary Credential Attainment Arts Audio Video Technology and Communications Career Spotlight Department of Education Releases Plan to Improve Measures of Postsecondary Success In response to President Obama s goal of increasing the number of college graduates the Department of Education has developed an action plan for improving measures of postsecondary student success This action plan is based on the recommendations of the Department s Committee on Measures of Student Success which found that the current federal graduation rate measure is incomplete and does not adequately convey the wide range of student outcomes at two year institutions The Committee also found that data are not collected on other important outcomes achieved by students at two year institutions The Department s Action Plan for Improving Measures of Postsecondary Success seeks to provide more complete information on student persistence and completion by augmenting current postsecondary measures of student success For example graduation rate reporting required for institutions of higher education will be broadened to include part time and other students who have previously attended postsecondary education Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags community colleges Data Graduation Rates postsecondary Public Policy student outcomes This entry was posted on Monday April 16th 2012 at 11 26 am and is filed under Public Policy You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=6002 (2016-01-08)
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  • Lower Dropout Rates for CTE Students in Nebraska « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Gallup and Harvard Education Leaders Join CTE Foundation Board of Directors Career Clusters Institute Series Integrating Knowledge and Skill Statements into Curriculum A College s Story Lower Dropout Rates for CTE Students in Nebraska Addressing student truancy in Nebraska has become a high priority for state legislators In the last year alone almost 82 000 students missed more than 10 days of school and 23 000 missed 20 or more days As the state works to improve its dropout and high school graduation rates Career Technical Education CTE is proving to be an effective strategy for engaging students Matt Hastings Data and Research Specialist with Nebraska Career Education recently described how CTE is working in Nebraska Though the data does not indicate why Hastings said We see consistently lower levels of dropouts for career education students compared to Nebraska students as a whole Hastings stated that the hands on meaningful experiences provided through CTE could be credited for a student s decision to stay in school Through a blend of rigorous academic and technical coursework CTE students receive relevant knowledge and skills to prepare for college and careers Visit Netradio s Web site to access an article and radio interview on CTE in Nebraska To learn more about how CTE is working in your state view the CTE State Success Map and contribute your own example here Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst Tags Graduation Rates This entry was posted on Thursday April 5th 2012 at 7 38 am and is filed under News Research You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments

    Original URL path: http://blog.careertech.org/?p=5955 (2016-01-08)
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