Report Proposes Common Definition for Successful STEM Talent Development

A new report by professional services firm STEMconnector defines a successful result for talent development in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields as the emergence of “a diverse and STEM-ready talent pool with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to secure and succeed in careers today and in the future.” The report, “Input Read more about Report Proposes Common Definition for Successful STEM Talent Development[…]

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Career Readiness and Cross-Sector Competencies

A new white paper from America Achieves focuses on the role cross-sector competencies play in career readiness. Getting Real about Career Readiness: A Focus on Cross-Sector Competencies is the first in a series of multi-media white papers from America Achieves Educator Networks on promising education practices for preparing students for the changing world of work. Read more about Career Readiness and Cross-Sector Competencies[…]

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CCSSO Releases Recommendations for Valuing College and Career Readiness

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and  Education Strategy Group (ESG) have released Destination Known, a report which includes recommendations to support states as they develop accountability systems that value college and career readiness and better support all students in achieving success after high school.   The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides Read more about CCSSO Releases Recommendations for Valuing College and Career Readiness[…]

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Accountability, College & Career Readiness: Is This the Best We Can Do?

In Education Week’s Top Performer’s blog, Marc Tuker recently reflected on the gap between typical American practice and global best practice when it comes to college and career readiness. Below are excerpts from the post: In top-performing education systems, qualifications systems are designed so that at the end of each stage of a student’s progression Read more about Accountability, College & Career Readiness: Is This the Best We Can Do?[…]

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Six Unifying Education Policy Ideas for 2017

Robin Lake of the Center on Reinventing Public Education has offered six education policy ideas that just may get us through the presidential transition. Excerpts of her piece appear below: Polarization was the theme of 2016, and we’d be kidding ourselves to think that will be much different in 2017. Still, there has rarely been Read more about Six Unifying Education Policy Ideas for 2017[…]

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How ESSA Can Help States Improve College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness Center at AIR has released a College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Organizer Scorecard. This tool is a self-assessment that can provide a snapshot of where your district or state is in integrating the multiple elements that impact college and career readiness and success for students in the K-12 Read more about How ESSA Can Help States Improve College and Career Readiness[…]

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Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA

Policymakers and practitioners who face a deluge of important decisions affecting thousands of schools can find advice from some of the top education thinkers in the country in JFF’s new brief, Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA: Seven Priorities. The piece recommends ways that supporters of deeper learning can make the most of the rapidly changing Read more about Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA[…]

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The Paradox of Education: Learning Over Knowing

Heather McGowan has published an intriguing new article examining the need for a focus on learning, rather than knowing, in order to prepare students for the 21st century. A portion of her article is excerpted below: Students will have to be prepared to adapt and be more adept at critical thinking and problem-solving rather than Read more about The Paradox of Education: Learning Over Knowing[…]

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Building Blocks for College and Career Readiness

A recent report released by The Foundation for Educational Excellence titled Building a Bright Future: Understanding College Readiness in Baltimore City Public Schools includes useful indicators and building blocks for College and Career readiness. The study of indicators was conducted in conjunction with a City Speaks listening campaign that explored standards and expectations for students Read more about Building Blocks for College and Career Readiness[…]

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Survey: Education around the World is not Preparing Students to enter the Workforce

A recent study conducted by Gallup titled, “Connecting Education to the Real World” with input from the members of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar finds that “Globally, education is failing to keep pace with rapidly changing economies, and is not preparing students for the workforce.” Survey respondents were largely critical Read more about Survey: Education around the World is not Preparing Students to enter the Workforce[…]

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How Are States Reporting on College and Career Readiness?

States are collecting and reporting on a wide range of college and career readiness measures. A new brief and interactive map from the Center on College and Career Readiness and Success Center provides information on states’ college and career readiness definitions, reported metrics, and programs such as career and technical education and dual enrollment. Links Read more about How Are States Reporting on College and Career Readiness?[…]

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Deeper Learning: A Primer for State Legislators

Deeper learning is a term being used more and more across the country, and state education leaders are being asked to create and implement aligned policies. A new report from Education Commission of the States serves as a primer for state policymakers seeking to modify instruction and assessment policies to better engage today’s students. The Read more about Deeper Learning: A Primer for State Legislators[…]

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High School Rigor Matters to Students Who Don’t Attend College, CPE Study Finds

The Center for Public Education has released the second in a pair of reports focused on high school students who do not continue their formal education after graduation and factors that contribute to positive outcomes and future success. A rigorous high school program boosts the chances of success for both college goers and students who Read more about High School Rigor Matters to Students Who Don’t Attend College, CPE Study Finds[…]

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K-12/Higher Ed Alignment

More and more states, communities, school districts, colleges and universities are focused on helping students get to and through college. Increasingly we understand that to have the strongest impact, K-12 and higher education must work together. Greater alignment and shared ownership of college readiness and success can lead to more students ready for and succeeding Read more about K-12/Higher Ed Alignment[…]

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A new model for college rankings

Doug Lederman at Inside Higher Ed has written an interesting piece about a new Brookings Institution model for college evaluation. The new model attempts to rank colleges in a “value-added” fashion that determines how much the college helped a given student improve toward career success. Many currently existing college rankings focus on elite colleges and Read more about A new model for college rankings[…]

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Defining College and Career Readiness

As a result of changes in the global economy, educators, education researchers, and national and state policymakers have emphasized that students must graduate from high school “ready for college and career.” But opinions differ about what college and (especially) career readiness actually means and how best to assess it. ACT has been refining and deepening Read more about Defining College and Career Readiness[…]

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