Position Paper: Future Federal Career and Technical Education Funding

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Position Paper: Future Federal Career and Technical Education Funding


By ACTE Agricultural Education Division and the National Council for Agricultural Education

The ACTE Agricultural Education Division submits the following items for consideration in future federal career and technical education legislation:

* Career and Technical Education is an excellent method for delivering and promoting student achievement as a part of the total educational system.

* Strong State leadership is essential to the success of Career and Technical Education programs and must be funded federally.

* Student assessment should be used on an on-going basis using a variety of performance and cognitive measures to improve student learning and teacher effectiveness and to enable students to demonstrate their academic and technical skill achievements as well as improve the teaching process. Assessments must be used as a part of program accountability to qualify for federal funds.

* Career and Technical Student Organizations are essential components of an integrated educational delivery model that enhances academic and skill achievement while developing leadership, citizenship and personal attributes. Student organizations must be used as a component of program accountability to qualify for federal funds.

* Research in Career and Technical Education is essential to improving academic and skill standards and must be funded at the federal level.

* Teacher recruitment, initial preparation, retention, and professional development must be included in Career and Technical Education funding to assist in raising students' academic achievement and skill mastery.

* Funding is required to assist states in acquiring equipment and developing appropriate instructional/curriculum materials for Career and Technical Education to be delivered effectively to enhance student learning.

Educational research indicates that individuals learn in a variety of ways and that effective teaching recognizes and accommodates a variety of learning styles. Career and Technical Education offers students an opportunity to learn in a variety of ways based upon fundamental concepts of motivation, readiness to learn and the application of performance-measured assessments.

Students involved in Career and Technical Education are motivated by work-based learning experiences and they develop a readiness to learn from a need realized in their career-- based program of study. State leadership in Career and Technical Education provides an opportunity for each individual state to develop educational standards and to provide leadership to meet not only individual state workforce needs, but also those of the nation. The ability to develop structures on a state basis provides better opportunities for students who exist in today's global society. …

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