We know that this is a challenging time for teachers across the
country. Many of you have been plunged into the world of virtual
learning without a lot of time to prepare. Following sudden
school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve had to
move quickly to shift your carefully planned lessons online so
your students can continue learning at home. And those of
you who are STEM and career and technical education teachers
in particular face unique challenges as you work to adapt
hands-on learning experiences to a virtual format.
A thriving economy and a workforce prepared for it will
increasingly demand that more adults earn
postsecondary credentials. Ensuring that students
successfully move from middle grades into high school, then into
college or technical education programs, is critical if states
hope to boost their adult educational attainment levels.
Get students the preparation they need during the high school
years — not in college, when they have to pay for it.
Too many students graduate from high
school thinking they’re ready for college, only to find
themselves stuck in remedial classwork once they get
there. This is a tragedy for the students. They believe —
and why not? — that if they’re admitted to college they have what
it takes to succeed there.
Black and Hispanic students in many SREB states made gains in ACT scores in the 2017 results. And test-taking rates continued to grow in several states.
Here at SREB, we anticipate the release of ACT scores each fall as an indicator of the progress states are making in student achievement and college readiness. This year, we see achievement gaps shrinking for black and Hispanic students — plus continued growth in test-taking in several states.
recent article in The New York Times describes how
West Virginia’s career and technical education programs are
preparing students for degrees and careers in the state’s
high-tech, high-demand industries. “Far from being strictly
a job training program for teenagers, classes like Advanced
Career Energy and Power require math and physics instruction
as rigorous as in the College Board’s Advanced Placement track.”
Here are six ways the state partners with SREB in CTE and
SREB report can serve as a guide as work continues
Big changes don’t happen overnight. And when states adopted
higher education standards, it was only the first step in a
long-term effort to improve schools so all students graduate high
school with what they need to be ready for college and careers.
Next came the complex work of implementing the
standards. Schools needed textbooks, curricula and lesson plans
designed with the new standards in mind. Teachers needed training
to shift their classroom strategies to help students meet the
National convening attendees share best practices for
increasing access to quality CS learning experiences
Last month I was privileged to participate in InfoSys
Foundation’s CrossRoads 2017 convening on computer science
and maker education in San Francisco. The convening’s attendee
list included state and local government representatives, thought
leaders, K-12 educators, postsecondary faculty and not-for-profit
computing organizations from across the US — including many SREB
Preparing students for good-paying, middle-class jobs in the 21st-century economy is going to take more innovation, creativity, steadfastness and hard work on the part of schools, principals, teachers, counselors and students. A new approach to education is needed to prepare students for new technology, rising workplace requirements and stiffer competition.
High school seniors who take SREB’s Literacy Ready and Math Ready courses can substantially increase their readiness for college. We analyzed ACT scores of students in two states – before and after they took the transitional courses. More than half increased their scores