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NASSP Sees a Role for CTE in High School Reform

Magazine article Techniques

NASSP Sees a Role for CTE in High School Reform

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) believes that career and technical education (CTE) plays a crucial role in efforts to improve student achievement in grades nine-12, according to Gerald Tirozzi, NASSP executive director.

Tirozzi was among the reviewers of ACTE's position paper, Reinventing the American High School for the 21st Century.

In 2004, NASSP released Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform, a principal's handbook to high school improvement. This report advocates school-wide changes around three themes:

* Collaborative Leadership

* Personalization of the School Environment

* Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Breaking Ranks H includes recommendations and strategies, as well as a three-part survey to assist a school's team in exploring and establishing its progress in meeting those recommendations.

According to NASSP, "The strategies come from coaches who have worked and observed in schools that have been successful in implementing effective reform measures; however, they are not a definitive set of strategies. As school teams work with this activity, they should add other strategies that fit the context of the specific school."

Some of the recommendations included in Breaking Ranks H reflect the recommendations of ACTE. For example, "Recommendation 22" of Breaking Ranks H states, "The content of the curriculum, where practical, should connect to real-life applications of knowledge and skills to help students link their education to the future."

The areas in which NASSP asks secondary school principals to rate their progress include career academies, career exploration in school, internships, service-learning, and project-based learning and curriculum. …

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