The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), an association of US state Commissioners and Superintendents of Education, has released a new report that strongly supports career and technical education and an increased focus on career readiness measures by all states.
The recommendations in the report, Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students, reflect the priorities of New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools and the core elements of the career and technical education bill package that is now on Governor Christie’s desk.
The major recommendations in the report include:
- Engaging employers as lead partners in developing career pathway programs that address employer needs;
- Focusing on rigorous CTE programs that link academic and technical learning;
- Expanding work-based learning opportunities, along with career guidance, beginning in middle school;
- Including career readiness indicators in state accountability reports and making them count as indicators of school success; and
- Recognizing rigorous CTE programs and career readiness indicators as part of high school graduation requirements.