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Career and technical education (CTE) programs are doing something right – just look at the data. The graduation rate for CTE students is more than 90 percent, nearly 15 percentage points higher than the rate for students overall.
CTE classes tend to focus on real-world, project-based learning and skill-based instruction that help prepare students for jobs. These kinds of learning experieContinue Reading »
Career and technical education teachers (labeled Vocational/Technical in the charts below) make up about 11 percent of all public high school teachers across the country, according to 2011-2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). There are over 125,000 career and technical education teachers. Nearly 42 percent of these teachers are age 5Continue Reading »
One size does not fit all when it comes to Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher evaluation.
CTE teachers instruct in a number of fields (from health sciences and engineering to design and culinary services) and in a wide variety of settings (from typical middle or high school classrooms, to special in-school labs, to full technical high schools). Almost all states require that cContinue Reading »
More than 7 million high school and middle school students in Career and Technical Education programs—and their 140,000 teachers—are celebrating Career Technology Education Month in February.
A recent report by Catherine Jacques and Amy Potemski from AIR’s Center on Great Teachers & Leaders focused on the importance of strong CTE educators.
“CTE teachers are uniquely positioneContinue Reading »
The Washington Post conducted a fascinating analysis last week of how much time President Obama devoted in his State of the Union Address to each of his main policy concerns– equality of opportunity, education, energy & environment, health care, immigration, minimum wage, foreign policy and partisanship &political culture.
In his 65 minute speech, the President talked for nContinue Reading »
Many schools across America must take the budget bull by the horns and decide whether cutting class size is the right way to do it. Take the Fairfax County Public Schools, for example. Class size is set to go up next school year under Superintendent Garza’s proposed budget. Does it matter?
Financially, yes. Class size is a major driver of school costs. And increasing pupil/ teacher ratContinue Reading »
Americans are drawn to those moments in history when they stood up for something big and important. The 50th anniversary of the Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty is one of those moments.
In his 1964 State of the Union Address, President Johnson launched the War on Poverty, beginning with these words: “I will be brief, for our time is necessarily short and our agenda is already long.” ThosContinue Reading »
AIR experts have conducted in-depth research and analysis on many of the issues President Obama discussed in his State of the Union address. Links to that research, blogs by subject experts, and other features will appear throughout our website this week.
Last night’s State of the Union stressed education from the very first words. Today in America,” began the President, “a teacher spenContinue Reading »
Parents should know that their state may be rating the quality of their preschool or child care provider. Systems to rate the quality of child care and preschool programs (QRIS, or Quality Rating and Improvement Systems) are in place or under development in 49 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. There are two important facts to keep in mind:Preschools and childcare, both in cenContinue Reading »
Look for President Obama to emphasize inequality’s effects on Americans in his State of the Union address tonight. In his candid interview with David Remnick in the latest edition of New Yorker Magazine, the President cites the work of Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone. The President observed, “You’ve got folks like Bob Putnam, who’s doing some really interesting studieContinue Reading »