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  • 1. Janet Bray Executive Director Association for Career and Technical EducationNational Education Policy and Activity Update Association for Career and Technical Education

2. National Challenges

    • Concern about U.S. student performance, and particularly performance of minorities and disenfranchised populations
      • -high dropout rates;
      • -Insufficient communications, math and science skills;
      • -high postsecondary remediation rates; and
      • -large achievement gaps
    • United States global competition
    • Improved transitions between secondary and postsecondary education
    • 21 stCentury Skills

Association for Career and Technical Education 3. Global Competition

  • The 25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the total population of North America
  • In India, its the top 28%
  • In 2002, 59% of all degrees awarded in China were in engineering and physical science
  • In the United States it was 32%
  • China has more honors kids than we have kids

Association for Career and Technical Education 4. Association for Career and Technical Education 2007 World Economic Leaders

  • United States
  • Japan
  • England
  • Germany

Source:Goldman Sacks 5. Association for Career and Technical Education 2040 World Economic Leaders

  • China 5. Russia
  • India 6. Brazil
  • United States 7. Germany
  • Mexico 8. England

Source:Goldman Sacks 6. Emerging Labor Market

  • The top 10 in-demand jobs predicted for 2010 didnt exist in 2004
  • 90% of the fastest-growing jobs will require an education beyond high school
  • 49 of 50 highest paying occupations require a college degree or higher
  • Over the past 10 years, jobs requiring science and engineering skills increased 51%

Association for Career and Technical Education 7. U.S. Workforce Challenges

  • In a survey of US manufacturers, 90% of employers reported moderate to severe shortages of skilled workers
  • Over 300,000 skilled IT jobs have gone unfilled over the last decade because of no qualified applicants
  • 52% of teens have little or no interest in manufacturing career 21% ambivalent

Association for Career and Technical Education 8. U.S. Demographics

  • Between 2010 and 2025, up to 95 million Baby Boomers will leave the U.S. workforce or change work focus
  • Only 40 million Gen Xers and Yers will be available to replace them

Association for Career and Technical Education 9. Workforce Readiness

  • Over 400 employers surveyed rated the workforce readiness of new workforce entrants as deficient
    • 42% of high school grad & GED
    • 11% of two-yr college grads
    • 9% of four-yr college grads

Association for Career and Technical Education 10. U.S. Education Challenge

  • The U.S. high school graduation rate is 17 thinternationally with a 73% graduation rate
  • One third of all high school students dont graduate on time
  • The U.S. college graduation rate is 14 thinternationally with a 66% graduation rate
  • Among people 18-24, the U.S. ranks 5 thinternationally in college enrollment with 35% of people attending college

Association for Career and Technical Education 11. U.S. Education Challenge

  • In urban school districts 50-60% of students drop out of high school
  • Up to 55% of college freshmen must enroll in remedial courses in reading, writing and mathematics
  • One in four freshman at 4-year colleges fail to return to school for a sophomore year
  • One in two freshman in community colleges fail to return

Association for Career and Technical Education 12. The Internet has created the greatest generation gap since the advent of rock and roll. 13. This Generation

  • 93% US teens 12-17 used Internet in 2006
  • 64% created content on Internet up from 57% in 2004
  • Social networking sites
  • Students disengaged

Association for Career and Technical Education 14. This Generation

  • Teenagers surveyed
  • Use MySpace and Facebook
  • Use texting instead of e-mail (parents)
  • Nearly 60% would rather use e-mail than a telephone
  • Are likely to have 6 applications running at once on their PC

Association for Career and Technical Education 15. This Generation

  • The killer application for todays students isntYou Tube ,Facebook ,MySpace ,Google ,Moodle , Pod-casting or some Wiki-site
  • For digital teens, the one and only killer app isspeed
  • Consider this

Association for Career and Technical Education 16. This Generation

    • The fastest growing segment of computer-users today in the U.S. is 5 to 7 year olds

Association for Career and Technical Education 17. This Generation

  • Students will expect information to be delivered through electronic media instant messaging
  • Technology will challenge the applied classroom - learning to occur beyond the traditional classroom environment

Association for Career and Technical Education 18. Political Environment

    • Economy taking center stage in every discussion
    • Calls for bi-partisanship, but in many ways more partisan than ever
    • Short Congressional Calendar
      • Only scheduled to be in session 114 days
      • Election year

Association for Career and Technical Education 19. Obama Administration

  • Highest proportion of college graduates by 2020
  • All Americans enroll in at leastoneyear of higher education or job training
  • Programs of Study - alignment of secondary/postsecondary

Association for Career and Technical Education 20. American Reinvestmentand Recovery Act

  • $787.2 billion enacted 2/17/09
  • Approximately 35% tax cuts and 65% spending
  • 74.2% of spending and tax breaks would go out by the end of FY 2010
  • Was expected to create/save 3-4 million jobs
  • Major focuses on energy, science and technology, infrastructure, healthcare, and education

Association for Career and Technical Education 21. ARRA EducationImplementation Principles

  • Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs
  • Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform
  • Ensure transparency and accountability and report publicly on the use of funds
  • Invest one-time ARRA funds thoughtfully to minimize the funding cliff

Association for Career and Technical Education 22. ED Four Priorities

  • Adopting internationally benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and the workplace
  • Recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining effective teachers and principals
  • Building data systems that measure student success and inform teachers and principals how they can improve their practices
  • Turning around the lowest-performing schools

Association for Career and Technical Education 23. ED Race to the Top timeline

  • July 24 announcement made
  • Aug 28 comments due in response to draft criteria
  • (CTE and NASDCTEc submitted joint comments)
  • Fall 2009 applications accepted
  • January 2010 1 stround applications due
  • April 2010 1 stround of awards made
  • June 2010 2 ndround of applications due
  • Sept 2010 2 ndround of awards made

Association for Career and Technical Education 24. Department of Labor

  • Total funding of $3.95 billion including:
    • $500 million - adult employment and training activities
    • $1.2 billion - youth activities, including summer employment programs for youth
    • $1.25 - dislocated worker employment and training activities

Association for Career and Technical Education 25. Department of Labor

    • $200 million - dislocated workers assistance national reserve
    • $50 million - YouthBuild activities
    • $750 million - competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors
      • $500 million set aside for training in careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy