Magazine article Techniques

National Standards Effort Still Alive

Magazine article Techniques

National Standards Effort Still Alive

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As states go about the business of developing skill standards, some may wonder what ever happened to the bigger picture.

"We're a catalyst,"says Edie West, executive director of the National Skill Standards Board, explaining the board's role in the effort to develop a nationwide system of voluntary skill standards.

The NSSB, an independent group of business, education, labor and civic leaders created by a 1994 law, is not in the business of setting skill standards. It awards grants to industry clusters that develop the standards by working in cooperation with educators and other stakeholders. "Our job is to establish coalitions that establish standards for their industries," West explains.

Last year the NSSB identified 15 industry. Each clusters will establish economy. Each cluster will establish standards for the entry-level or "coreplus-1" certificates that the board plans to distribute. The board also plays an oversight role in endorsing the standards that the industry coalitions set.

Recently the NSSB awarded grants to organizations that will come up with skill standards for the education and training and restaurants, hospitality and tourism clusters. …

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