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Stephen DeWitt
Alexandria, VA
ACTE Deputy Executive Director
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President Obama’s delivery of the annual State of the Union address on January 23 highlighted “an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values,” The president asked for additional funding and support for education and referenced the skills gap that many... Continue reading
On January 29, the Wall Street Journal included an article discussing a report on New York City’s CTE programs produced by New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The report criticizes Mayor Bloomberg’s CTE efforts, citing poor performance of a number of vocational schools. Without debating the findings of... Continue reading
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) held a PARCC Progress Briefing on March 12 for leaders from national membership and advocacy organizations. The event provided an update on activities and sparked lively discussion about PARCC’s progress towards development of a common K-12 assessment system and... Continue reading
On March 29, Republicans in the House introduced The Workforce Investment Improvement Act (H.R. 4297). The bill consolidates three previously introduced pieces of legislation sponsored by Reps. Foxx (R-NC), Heck (R-NV) and McKeon (R-CA). As reported by ACTE earlier this year, the bill introduced by Rep. Foxx in December allowed... Continue reading
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of the Common Core assessment consortia, provides a number of ways that K-12 educators can get involved in the development of PARCC assessments.This summer 2012, PARCC will be launching an item review committee which is planning to engage... Continue reading
On May 24, ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) partnered with Achieve on the release of a report providing a blueprint for increased engagement between state education leaders and the career and technical education (CTE) community. Read the full press release issued... Continue reading
PARCC, one of the two consortia developing assessments linked to the Common Core State Standards, held a briefing on July 30 to update national organizations on their progress. The briefing included detail about a draft College-Ready Determinations (CRDs) Policy which is open for public comment until September 21. The policy... Continue reading
Since a lot of career and technical educators were out of school over the summer, it is worth repeating that ACTE and America’s Promise held a Webinar in June featuring the work of the Missouri Center for Career Education (MCCE). The Webinar and slides from the presentation can be viewed... Continue reading
The cover story for Newsweek this week, “Is College a Lousy Investment?”, dives into the question of whether or not the return on investment for a four-year college degree still merits making the investment. The article details some of the causes of the rapid rise in college costs and with... Continue reading
On Oct. 18, ACTE joined with nearly 30 other national business, education, policy and philanthropic organizations to support a common statement on career readiness. The paper, titled “Building Blocks for Change: What It Means to Be Career Ready,” helps to define what it means to be career ready in the... Continue reading
On November 2, The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of the two state-led consortia working to develop assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, unveiled its College- and Career-Ready Determinations (CCRD) policy and Policy-Level Descriptors (PLDs). The CCRD and PLDs, reported about in... Continue reading
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have produced a joint statement to provide clarity regarding the meaning of College and Career Ready Determinations (CCRD) that were... Continue reading
On January 1, the House passed on a 257-167 vote the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R.8). The legislation affirms the Senate’s approval (89-8) of the fiscal cliff deal which came earlier in the day. However, the legislation only temporarily shelves the across-the-board sequester budget cuts until March 1.... Continue reading
On January 8, the second and final public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released. Comment on the draft will be accepted until January 29 and the final standards are expected to be released in March. The NGSS are being developed based on the National Research Council’s... Continue reading
Achieve’s Annual Meeting for State Leaders and National Partners included a positive focus on CTE. Continue reading
We need you to Climb the Hill with us during next month’s National Policy Seminar (NPS) to tell legislators in Washington, D.C. that career and technical education (CTE) needs their support! The knowledge you communicate about your local CTE programs and students will be the most important information that Members... Continue reading
Both the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium held separate events in Washington to update organizations on recent activities. Following are highlights of recent activity: SBAC On April 29, SBAC released its finalized Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) and College... Continue reading
On May 21, I attended the National Journal's "The Underemployed Generation: Matching Skills to Jobs"Policy Briefing. The event included many references to CTE-related topics and a great deal of focus about the alignment of education and business to address employment-workforce issues. A highlight of the event included a keynote address... Continue reading
On May 24, Rhode Island's State Board of Education unanimously adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS are being developed by 26 states (AZ, AR, CA, DE, GA, IL, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, RI, SD, TN, VT and... Continue reading
Over the last year, ACTE has been in conversation with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) as the organization begins the process of revising its national CTE Standards. ACTE featured the work during our National Policy Seminar and are pleased to announce NBPTS will be hosting a breakout... Continue reading
As the deadline for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation approaches, more questions are being asked about the development and requirements of the Standards. The Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) has produced a publication titled "Common Core State Standards 101," which may be the best documentation of the CCSS movement... Continue reading
On September 17, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (formerly known as the Institute for a Competitive Workforce) held a conference titled "Connecting the Dots: Education, Policy, Workforce." The event focused on how to better address education and workforce issues such as the skills gap. There were many good panelists... Continue reading
On October 10, AFT President Randi Weingarten addressed an audience of CTE advocates at a United Federation of Teachers meeting in New York, calling for high-quality CTE as a way to retool schools and focus students on today's needed careers. She said policymakers need to fully fund the Perkins Act... Continue reading
Eric Seleznow, Employment and Training Administration Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided a few remarks on November 18 at a New America Foundation event titled "A Natural Fit?: Community Colleges and Competency-Based Education." The comments addressed both the topic of competency-based education (CBE) and broader issues... Continue reading
On November 19, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez provided a passionate speech about the value of CTE and its link to a healthy economy during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION conference in Nashville. Continue reading