States Struggle With Definition Of Career Ready

November 13th, 2013

A new report from the Center on Education Policy offers a broad overview of state policies for defining career readiness and assessing technical skills since adoption of the Common Core. While 45 states report that they or their districts assess students for career readiness, just 14 states have established a definition of what it means to be career- or work-ready: Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Virginia. Another 20 states are in the process of developing a definition. Survey respondents in just 11 states reported career-readiness assessments have been or are being aligned with the Common Core. Twenty states said it was too soon to know whether or how their career and technical assessments might change in response to the standards. Thirty-eight of responding states reported using these assessment results to meet federal accountability requirements for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act; 21 survey states use them for school accountability, and 19 use them for student accountability. Only four states permit students to substitute scores on career and technical assessments for scores on high school exit exams required for a diploma.  More From Public Education Newsblast

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