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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 »
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 »
Remember kindergarten? Remember the sand table where you poured and measured? The dress-up corner where you pretended to be a “community helper?” The science center where you explored with magnets and sorted pine cones? These kindergarten staples are disappearing. Art and music are fading too.
In many ways, kindergarten is becoming the new first grade.
According to an AIR analysiContinue Reading »
Compared to students from other industrialized countries, American students are, at best, average. Last week the US Department of Education published “First Look at PISA 2012,” sounding the alarm bells. Our 15-year-olds are slowly but surely falling behind 15-year-olds from countries where educational rigor is the standard. For instance, the average score on the mathematics literacy scale is 48Continue Reading »
Just hours ago, the latest round of data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) was released to great fanfare. Under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA has been assessing 15-year-olds in reading, math, and science every three years since 2000. This year over 60 “education systems,” almost all of them countries, participatContinue Reading »
The 2013 NAEP results—to some, “the nation’s report card”— came out earlier this month. These state-by-state test scores signal good news: student performance nationally and in most states continues to improve on balance, if only slightly. The District of the Columbia’s trend line is particularly heartening. Along with Tennessee, D.C. Public Schools made the largest student performance gains inContinue Reading »