Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Support State Visions for College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes for Research recently released some new resources to support states’ efforts to promote college and career readiness as part of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Let’s Get This Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans

The Council of Chief State School Officers has a guide for stakeholder outreach that includes practical tips for states to engage ESSA stakeholders as well as examples of best practices that states are already using.

Questions and Answers Regarding the Implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Earlier this month, the federal Department of Education (ED) released a new set of responses to frequently asked questions regarding the implementation of the Perkins Act.

America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots 2016

Over 95 percent of jobs created during the recovery have gone to workers with at least some college education, while those with a high school diploma or less are being left behind. America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots reveals that those with at least some college education have captured 11.5 million of the 11.6 million jobs created during the recovery.

Gallup-USA Funds Associate Degree Graduates Report

New research on associate degree holders shows that they have positive employment outcomes and are more interested in their work than individuals with a bachelor’s degree.

Best Practices in Dropout Prevention

Report Prepared for the Texas Education Agency by ICF International and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

Skills of U.S. Unemployed, Young, and Older Adults in Sharper Focus: Results From the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics will raise concerns about U.S. workers’ global competitiveness. As reported in Education Week here, supplementary data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) collected in 2013-2014 indicate that U.S. adults “scored about average in literacy, near the bottom in numeracy and dead last in digital problem solving, or as the OECD calls it, problem solving in technology rich environments.”

The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates-Texas

For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TRADE & VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS: Exploring the Advantages and Opportunities in Career-focused Education

Inside the guide you will find vocational program options and the skills required, an easy-to-use search tool to find the best school and projected job openings and information on the best career paths.

Middle School Matters

The Middle School Matters (MSM) initiative at the George W. Bush Institute seeks to increase the number of middle grade students who are prepared for high school and postsecondary success. Middle School Matters’ mission is to transform the middle grades by promoting high quality research-based strategies and practices to drive the development of policies that lead to better student outcomes.

Getting Developmental Education Up to Speed

Forty percent of all entering college students and over half of entering community college students must take at least one remedial course. Fewer than half make it through developmental education. This two-page Focus provides an overview of how this growing evidence base informs four areas of reform.

Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High Quality Career and Technical Education

The Asia Society and Longview Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and ACTE, have released a white paper on the role of CTE instruction in preparing students for the 21st century workforce, and the importance of integrating curriculum to develop global competencies in CTE.

Solving the Education Equation: A new model for improving STEM workforce outcomes through academic equity

The underrepresentation of women and people of color in STEM jobs is the focus of a new report from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. The publication addresses academic achievement gaps in STEM fields of study among students of different races/ethnicities, as well as the lack of interest in STEM courses shown by certain sub-populations.


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