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ERIC Number: ED560767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Aligning K-12 and Postsecondary Career Pathways with Workforce Needs
Zinth, Jennifer
Education Commission of the States
Since 2013, states have witnessed significant legislative activity related to secondary- and postsecondary-level career/technical education (CTE). One key goal of much recent policymaking activity has been to improve alignment between high school and postsecondary CTE programs, including by developing state or regional structures to design career pathways that prepare students for high-skill, high-demand jobs. This report provides a first look at state policymaking activity in 13 states. Policy activity summarized here (1) establishes a process for educators and employers to convene and use workforce data to set priorities, and (2) sets forth strategies to enhance and scale up career pathways bridging K-12 and postsecondary, designed to prepare students for high-skill, high-demand jobs. This review is intended to allow readers to determine whether policies have been adopted in these 13 states, and compare and contrast approaches.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Illinois; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; North Carolina; Ohio; Rhode Island; Tennessee