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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 certified teachers, including CTE teachers, be included in evaluation systems. A dozen have state-level, CTE-specific evaluation policies or recommendations.
But measuring how CTE students are progressing for those teacher evaluations poses challenges. Standardized tests usually only provide information for [...]Continue 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 positioned to improve college and career readiness for all students, and yet major federal and state education reforms, such as the Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation, and ESEA flexibility have paid insufficient attention to direct supports for CTE teachers.”
The report, 21st Century Educators: Developing and Supporting [...]Continue Reading »
The Department of Education held a technical symposium last week to discuss what kind of data and analysis the federal government should use for President Obama’s accessibility, affordability, and outcomes rating for U.S. colleges (Official title: Postsecondary Institution Rating System).
Three key takeaways from the meeting:
First, the current higher education data infrastructure urgently needs improvement. This message was delivered by just about every presenter, and it is probably the most important message of the day. There was general consensus that student-level data (the student unit record) rather than institution-level data would provide a much stronger foundation for the ratings.
One example: When [...]Continue Reading »
President Obama announced in August that the Department of Education would be creating the Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS), a new rating system for colleges. The Department of Education issued a request for ideas on how to design and implement the PIRS. This series of blogs posts is adapted from the comment we plan to submit. Last week, we presented our recommendations for the new federal college rating system. Today, we’ll detail how we constructed our system.
Creating the Ratings
Access, affordability, and outcomes, the three categories suggested by the President, provide a strong foundation for this rating system. The [...]Continue 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 spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.”
The biggest news came in Pre-K policy, where President Obama again asked [...]Continue Reading »
President Obama announced in August that the Department of Education would be creating the Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS), a new college-rating system. The Department issued a request for information on how to design and implement the PIRS. This Blog Special Analysis is adapted from the comments we plan to submit.
Education Sector@AIR has put together a prototype of what this rating system might look like. Unlike other college rankings, it does not rate which colleges offer the “best value.” Nor is it a consumer information tool. Rather, it evaluates how colleges pursue and achieve the major goals of federal financial [...]Continue Reading »
Not enough. Twelve credits per semester may be enough to be considered a full-time student, but it doesn’t allow for an on-time graduation. Students need to take 15 credits per semester to graduate on time and only 29 percent of community college students and 50 percent of four-year students are doing so. (Community College Spotlight)
Big numbers. The universities with the most students have been revealed. DeVry University and Arizona State University each have nearly 60,000 students, coming in first and second respectively. (U.S. News & World Report)
Transformation Tuesday. Check out these 11 foreign education policies that could transform schools in [...]Continue Reading »