In order to be successful in the 21st century, students will need to master an expanded set of competencies that extends beyond discrete academic standards. Competency-based education (CBE) is an educational approach that focuses on mastery of these competencies – rather than seat time – as a measure of student learning. This approach is being adopted by a growing number of educators focused on ensuring students graduate college and career ready.
This report presents findings from two self-report surveys taken by teachers throughout the United States. The surveys were designed to gather information on how teachers use instructional resources to address their state standards. In addition, the report identifies areas where teachers have mixed understandings regarding the instructional approaches most aligned with their standards. It offers recommendations for states and districts to consider, such as the development of goals, messages, and resources in those areas.
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College, Career, and Civic Readiness: How Can a State Measure It?
07/09/2014 -3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Sponsored by: NASBE
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The U.S. Department of Education has released a blog, Progress: Teachers, Leaders and Students Transforming Education, which highlights promising practices, lessons learned, and resources related to implementing K-12 reforms. The blog was developed to provide educators, parents, leaders, and stakeholders with information on how state and local K-12 leaders across the country are implementing education reforms.
This toolkit provides strategies, resources, and partnerships to help students transition successfully to postsecondary education and training. The strategies, resources, and partnerships included are focused around several elements that are instrumental in preparing students for college and careers, such as developing a comprehensive academic plan, developing 21st century skills, emphasizing high expectations, identifying personal learning styles, integrating career-focused courses into academic content, and more.
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.
This report examines the reasons why California’s current accountability system is not producing students who are graduating from high school ready for college and careers, and proposes a better alternative.