CCSSO Career Readiness Report Endorses NJ’s CTE Efforts

December 1st, 2014

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.

Read the full report here,

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