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  • OMB Delays Release of Sequestration Report « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Level Community College Leaders Voice Concern Over Higher Expectations Less Funding OECD Report CTE Strategies Embraced Internationally OMB Delays Release of Sequestration Report The Office of Management and Budget OMB was scheduled to release a report on the impact of sequestration yesterday as required by the Sequester Transparency Act However that did not happen and it is now looking like it will not be released until late next week White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had this to say Given the time needed to address the complex issues involved in preparing the report the administration will be submitting that report to Congress late next week No amount of planning changes the fact that sequester would have devastating consequences We need to deal with our fiscal challenges in a balanced way We will let you know when the report is released and what it has to say about the impact of sequestration on Perkins Act funding Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags budget Congress president Public Policy This entry was posted on Friday September 7th 2012 at 11 57 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 Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives Select Month January

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  • Congress Releases Six Month Funding Bill « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 OECD Report CTE Strategies Embraced Internationally REGISTER NOW for the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting Congress Releases Six Month Funding Bill This week the House Appropriations Committee released a six month continuing resolution that will fund government programs until March 27 2013 at FY12 levels plus an across the board increase of 0 612 This increase is the result of the bill adhering to the spending levels set forth in the Budget Control Act as well as unanticipated revenues in FY12 that will carry forward to FY13 The House is scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow with the Senate voting on it next week The bill is expected to pass both chambers easily While this is good news passage of this bill does not mean that Perkins will not see cuts in FY13 Cuts could still be included in the final spending bill to be worked out after Congress returns in January With the uncertainty of the election and what impact it will have on the balance of power in both the White House and Congress we do not know if Perkins will be targeted for cuts in 2013 This means that we must remain diligent in our efforts to educate Members of Congress on the value of CTE Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags advocacy appropriations Congress funding Perkins Public Policy This entry was posted on Wednesday September 12th 2012 at 11 14 am and is filed under Legislation You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are

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  • Report on High Schools: Dramatic Increase in Distance Education, Decrease in Student Employment « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Career Clusters Institute Blog Series If Programs of Study Are the Solution What Is the Problem Survey Finds Many U S Employers Still Struggle to Fill Job Vacancies Report on High Schools Dramatic Increase in Distance Education Decrease in Student Employment The National Center for Education Statistics NCES released last week its annual Condition of Education report that examines trends in education This year s report focuses on the transformation of high schools in the United States over the last 20 years and includes several pertinent points for Career Technical Education CTE High School Enrollment Since 1990 the number of enrolled high schools students has risen slowly to 14 9 million and the report projects that this number will increase by 4 percent over the next decade Distance Education Enrollments in distance education have rapidly increased over the last five years Today more than half of public school districts have high school students who are enrolled in distance education for a total of more than 1 million students up from about 200 000 only 5 years ago Student Employment Only one in six high school students today are employed compared to one in three in 1990 STEM More students are taking courses in science and mathematics Sixteen percent of 2009 high school graduates took calculus and 11 percent took statistics In 1990 only seven percent took calculus courses and one percent took statistics In 2009 70 percent of students took chemistry and 36 percent took physics compared to 49 percent and 21 percent respectively High School Graduation Rates Over the last two decades high school graduation rates have improved slightly and dropout rates have declined In 1991 73 7 percent of freshman students graduated in 4 years with a high school diploma By 2009 the high school graduation rate increased to 75 5 percent In that time the percentage of students who dropped out of high school declined from 12 percent to 7 percent Undergraduate Enrollment Between 2000 and 2010 undergraduate enrollment increased from 13 2 million to 18 1 million students with enrollment in 2021 projected to be 20 6 million students The entire Condition of Education 2012 report is available on the NCES Web site A webinar that accompanied the release of the report can be accessed here Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst Tags Data This entry was posted on Tuesday May 29th 2012 at 7 12 am and is filed under Research 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

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  • Eight More States Receive NCLB Waivers « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Survey Finds Many U S Employers Still Struggle to Fill Job Vacancies NASDCTEc Collects More than 1 700 Reviews of Common CTE Standards Moving Development Forward Eight More States Receive NCLB Waivers The U S Department of Education this week announced that eight additional states will receive waivers for No Child Left Behind NCLB requirements so long as they implement college and career ready standards and reform their accountability systems Waivers were given to Connecticut Delaware Louisiana Maryland New York North Carolina Ohio and Rhode Island These states join 10 others Colorado Florida Georgia Indiana Kentucky Massachusetts Minnesota New Jersey Oklahoma and Tennessee in receiving a waiver States receiving waivers no longer have to meet 2014 performance targets set by NCLB but must set new performance targets for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps For more information visit the Department s waiver webpage Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags accountability college and career readiness NCLB ESEA Secondary Standards This entry was posted on Wednesday May 30th 2012 at 1 08 pm 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 Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE Archives Select Month January 2016 2 December 2015

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  • credentials « NASDCTEc Blog
    for State Leaders Monday August 20th 2012 Labor market projections indicate that most jobs in the future will require a postsecondary certificate or degree so how can experienced workers without college credentials stay in the game Through Prior Learning Assessment PLA individuals with relevant job experience receive postsecondary credit for the knowledge and skills that they have learned outside of the classroom Some state leaders have already embraced the strategy and are creating policies to support PLA Others have shown interest in implementing PLA in their states A new resource from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning CAEL State Policy Approaches to Support Prior Learning Assessment is aimed at helping state leaders develop state policies in support of PLA According to CAEL students with PLA credits were 2 5 more likely to persist to graduation than students without PLA credits PLAs also benefit state systems such as higher education economic development workforce development and Career Technical Education CTE CAEL s comprehensive guide lays out factors that state leaders should consider while customizing their strategy for PLA implementation Areas of consideration from the guide include Policies and practices currently in place at colleges and universities What are the transfer policies for credits earned through PLA Authority How are PLA policies decided Impact Do institutions or systems regularly track the use of PLA by students Transparency How do state residents find out about PLA opportunities Champions Are there PLA champions in your state Barriers Are there any existing policy barriers to PLA The guide also includes current strategies used by states to promote PLA such as establishing PLA policy and assessment processes and methods Case studies from Washington Tennessee Pennsylvania and Vermont are also presented as well as sample state policies and summaries of PLA in participating states View the complete guide here Kara Herbertson Education Policy Analyst By Kara in Resources Tags credentials 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 Certificates Account for 22 Percent of All Postsecondary Awards Report Says Monday June 18th 2012 A new report from Georgetown s Center on Education and the Workforce finds that if certificates counted towards college completion metrics the United States would leap forward in international rankings from 15 th to 10 th place for total postsecondary completions The number of certificates awarded in the United States now makes up 22 percent of all postsecondary awards Certificate programs which generally take around one year to complete offer shorter term occupation focused programs According to Georgetown s study certificate holders spend less time in the classroom but often earn more than those with associate degrees and sometimes even those with four year degrees

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  • CTE Research Review: Demystifying Work-based Learning « NASDCTEc Blog
    CTE Career Cluster Product End of School Year Sale CTE Research Review Demystifying Work based Learning Jobs for the Future s Pathways to Prosperity Network recently released a toolkit to help demystify work based learning for employers In the report Not as Hard as You Think Engaging High School Students in Work based Learning JFF acknowledges that addressing employers concerns about liability and labor law issues are critical to scaling up work based learning WBL opportunities The brief s primary goal is to alleviate employers concerns about perceived barriers to allowing high school students into the workplace and also offers three case studies of employers in manufacturing and health care that have successfully launched such experiential opportunities First the report offers the greatest benefits of WBL for employers Developing a more robust talent pipeline Gaining access to a diverse and innovative workforce Creating opportunities to increase name recognition and positive press Encouraging economic growth that in turn boosts business prospects To create these opportunities most employers need to make only minimal changes if any to existing workplace policies and procedures in order to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and policies according to the report The greatest restriction for youth under 18 is the 17 hazardous occupations identified by the U S Department of Labor but just one of these occupations operating a forklift is actually in use in most workplaces the report states Within the manufacturing industry most federal restrictions apply only to 14 and 15 year olds Other restrictions regarding work hours minimum wages permits and required rest or meal periods are typically a matter of state law Employers insurance policies are a more likely source of barriers to the workplace than state or federal regulations Yet the report found that liability issues for paid student interns are often covered under existing workers compensation policies Some employers have been able to work with their insurers to clarify and address WBL restrictions and others take additional steps to limit their liability by having students and families sign liability waivers and working with intermediary organizations The report offered three ways to encourage and support employers WBL efforts Incentivize employer engagement through tax credits subsidies etc Embed WBL in curriculum through teacher externships and credit for WBL Support intermediaries that can broker WBL opportunities and be a resource to schools and employers Credentials for All The Southern Regional Education Board s Commission on Career and Technical Education released its final report earlier this month and described the bridge from high school to postsecondary and the workforce as broken and in desperate need of fixing To repair this bridge the Commission offers eight actions that states can take to reach the goal of doubling the number of young people completing some form of a college credential by the age of 25 Be sure to check out the full report for all eight action steps Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate Tags credentials employers Jobs for the Future SREB work based learning This

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  • Jobs for the Future « NASDCTEc Blog
    ensure compliance with state and federal laws and policies according to the report The greatest restriction for youth under 18 is the 17 hazardous occupations identified by the U S Department of Labor but just one of these occupations operating a forklift is actually in use in most workplaces the report states Within the manufacturing industry most federal restrictions apply only to 14 and 15 year olds Other restrictions regarding work hours minimum wages permits and required rest or meal periods are typically a matter of state law Employers insurance policies are a more likely source of barriers to the workplace than state or federal regulations Yet the report found that liability issues for paid student interns are often covered under existing workers compensation policies Some employers have been able to work with their insurers to clarify and address WBL restrictions and others take additional steps to limit their liability by having students and families sign liability waivers and working with intermediary organizations The report offered three ways to encourage and support employers WBL efforts Incentivize employer engagement through tax credits subsidies etc Embed WBL in curriculum through teacher externships and credit for WBL Support intermediaries that can broker WBL opportunities and be a resource to schools and employers Credentials for All The Southern Regional Education Board s Commission on Career and Technical Education released its final report earlier this month and described the bridge from high school to postsecondary and the workforce as broken and in desperate need of fixing To repair this bridge the Commission offers eight actions that states can take to reach the goal of doubling the number of young people completing some form of a college credential by the age of 25 Be sure to check out the full report for all eight action steps Andrea Zimmermann State Policy Associate By Andrea Zimmermann in Research Tags credentials employers Jobs for the Future SREB work based learning CTE Research Review Thursday July 3rd 2014 This week Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education released a two year progress report on its Pathways to Prosperity Network The network which consists of 10 states focuses on creating career pathways for students spanning high schools and community or technical colleges Along with statewide and regional examples the report provides lessons from the field and policy recommendations The network s mission grew out of a 2011 report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education which argued the current U S education system focused too narrowly on preparing all students for a four year college degree and by doing so ignored other postsecondary options that could better suit many students The project s long term objective is to create statewide strategies that ensure that all middle and high school students are provided with systematic sustained exposure to the world of work and careers and that students in their upper high school years have access to educational options that integrate academic and technical skills and lead to a

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  • SREB « NASDCTEc Blog
    Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Posts Tagged SREB CTE Research Review Demystifying Work based Learning Wednesday June 10th 2015 Jobs for the Future s Pathways to Prosperity Network recently released a toolkit to help demystify work based learning for employers In the report Not as Hard as You Think Engaging High School Students in Work based Learning JFF acknowledges that addressing employers concerns about liability and labor law issues are critical to scaling up work based learning WBL opportunities The brief s primary goal is to alleviate employers concerns about perceived barriers to allowing high school students into the workplace and also offers three case studies of employers in manufacturing and health care that have successfully launched such experiential opportunities First the report offers the greatest benefits of WBL for employers Developing a more robust talent pipeline Gaining access to a diverse and innovative workforce Creating opportunities to increase name recognition and positive press Encouraging economic growth that in turn boosts business prospects To create these opportunities most employers need to make only minimal changes if any to existing workplace policies and procedures in order to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and policies according to the report The greatest restriction for youth under 18 is the 17 hazardous occupations identified by the U S Department of Labor but just one of these occupations operating a forklift is actually in use in most workplaces the report states Within the manufacturing industry most federal restrictions apply only to 14 and 15 year olds Other restrictions regarding work hours minimum wages permits and required rest or meal periods are typically a matter of state law Employers insurance policies are a more likely source of barriers to the workplace than state or federal regulations Yet the report found that liability issues for paid student interns are often covered under existing workers compensation policies Some employers have been able to work with their insurers to clarify and address WBL restrictions and others take additional steps to limit their liability by having students and families sign liability waivers and working with intermediary organizations The report offered three ways to encourage and support employers WBL efforts Incentivize employer engagement through tax credits subsidies etc Embed WBL in curriculum through teacher externships and credit for WBL Support intermediaries that can broker WBL opportunities and be a resource to schools and employers Credentials for All The Southern Regional Education Board s Commission on Career and Technical Education released its final report earlier this month and described the bridge from high school to postsecondary and the workforce as broken and in desperate need of fixing To repair this bridge the Commission offers eight actions that states can take to reach the goal of doubling the number of young people completing some form of a college credential by the age of 25 Be sure to check out the full report for all eight action steps Andrea

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