Renewed Emphasis on Career Tech Creates Need for Common Assessments, Accountability

Interest from the White House, policy organizations, large companies, and a new bipartisan caucus formed to educate leaders on Career Technical Education (CTE) indicates a push towards career tech is part of the new education landscape. Kim Green, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), provided attendees of the 2015 Fall Policy Exchange with deep insights into current trends happening in CTE and what its rising popularity means for the education community.

During her talk, Green predicted that the growth of CTE in schools across the country will lead, and in fact is already leading to, states integrating career readiness into their educational evaluation systems. Green pointed out that since most CTE action is happening at the state level with many different CTE school structures across the country, there's a need to create common assessments and accountability for CTE programs.

For educational content creators, there is a huge opportunity to get involved with these new standards and assessments in a variety of ways, says Green. Already, 17 states (including California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming) have signed on to a CCSSO initiative to develop a detailed implementation plan making career readiness a higher priority in state accountability through more standardized credentials. Coming up in early October NASDCTEc will host the Future of CTE Summit to further explore emerging trends and with the goal of laying out a new vision for CTE.

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