Magazine article Techniques

CTE's Link to Common Core

Magazine article Techniques

CTE's Link to Common Core

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THESE DAYS THE DISCUSSIONS AROUND EDUCATION REFORM arc focused on the development of the Common Core Stale Standards. I am often asked if career and technical education (CTR) needs to be concerned about the Common Core. The answer is most definitely--a resounding "YES!"

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When you read the mission statement of the standards, you will notice a lot of words that directly relate to CTE: "relevant Lo real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. "The Association for Career and Technical Education (AC IE; has been part of the Common Core discussion every step of the way. In fact, we were one of the first organizations to sign on in support of the Common Core work several years ago when it was first announced. One of The key reasons we signed on is that we knew we had to be part of the conversation. We were pleased that a former ACTE president. Bryan Albrecht. from Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was on the Validation Committee that helped develop the standards. ACTE provided comments when the standards were released, and worked to identify examples to be included in the standards.

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 46 states. All of the 29 newly elected governors reaffirmed support for the standards--so they are here to stay! Just as before, CTE should be aligned with academic standards. ACTE believes the lines between academics and CTE are blurring. They are blurring for a reason--the world today is vastly different from what it was 50, 20 or even 10 years ago. …

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