NACTE Meeting in Washington
From Atlanta, it was back to Washington, D.C. for two days of meetings at the U.S. Department of Education. I serve on an independent advisory panel for The National Assessment of Career and Technical Education (NACTE) created under the Perkins legislation to monitor implementation of the legislation. Top university researchers, CTE leaders and Washington, D.C. think tank and foundation representatives study research from the field that will help us report on the state of CTE. We heard in-depth reports on how states are spending federal dollars on programs of study (career pathways programs), lab equipment and leadership activities (including student leadership organizations such as SkillsUSA). We also received research reports on CTE’s effectiveness and challenges in Philadelphia and San Diego and we took a deep dive into how programs of study and technical skill assessments are being managed in the states and local schools. Finally, we approved an outline for our report to Congress. I was honored to be appointed chairman of the committee charged with writing the independent panel’s report on aligning CTE with broader education reforms.