In recent years, schools, districts, and states have relied increasingly upon high-stakes testing as a way to measure student achievement. Yet many worry that educational outcomes have not improved in meaningful ways. Stakeholders remain concerned that the most disadvantaged and underserved students are not reaching their full potential, despite the increased reliance on accountability standards.
It takes a village. Partnership. Collaboration. Networking. We all hear and use these terms regularly when talking about ways to improve education. With so many diverse organizations, agencies, and entities acting at the national, state, and local levels to better serve students and improve outcomes, it’s perhaps not surprising.
On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS), in partnership with the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), hosted a webinar titled "Early College, Early Success: Program Overview, Research Findings, and Implications for Practice."
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) recently released a brief titled Considerations for Collaboration to Support College and Career Readiness. The brief is intended to serve as a facilitative tool for states as they consider collaborations to better align expectations and supports for students across education systems.
The Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a Webinar titled “Youth CareerConnect Program: An Opportunity to Redefine the High School Experience and Increase College and Career Readiness” on December 18, 2013. This Webinar provided information about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Youth CareerConnect (YCC) grant program and approaches to secondary school reform within the context of the program.
On December 16th, Education Week hosted a Webinar entitled “Beyond School: Earning Credit for Real-World Experiences.” This Webinar discusses an extended learning opportunity (ELO) initiative involving Providence, Rhode Island school district and its nonprofit partner Providence After School Alliance (PASA). In selected high schools throughout the district, students participate in community programs for digital badges and course credit.
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) recently undertook a large-scale research project to address the not-so-simple question of: how do states approach Career Technical Education (CTE) standards? With the increased attention given to CTE as a necessary strategy for engaging students, preparing our future workforce, and remaining competitive in a global economy, NASDCTEc believes it is important that stakeholders have a solid understanding of the system they are supporting.