Month: April 2016

Career and Technical Education: Does It Improve Student Outcomes?

Fordham’s latest study, by the University of Connecticut’s Shaun M. Dougherty, uses data from Arkansas to explore whether students benefit from CTE coursework—and, more specifically, from focused sequences of CTE courses aligned to certain industries. The study also describes the current landscape, including which students are taking CTE courses, how many courses they’re taking, and which ones. Key findings include: Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and earn higher wages. CTE is not a path away from college: Students taking more CTE classes are just as …

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Data for the People Build Community Power

This repost is courtesy from Education Week. (Editor’s note: The announcement that Education Trust-West and a number of civil rights and community organizations were founding a data hub in San Bernardino County, struck me as an important opportunity to increase the capacity for community voice in the California Local Control Funding Formula process.  Here, Ryan Smith, the organization’s executive director, expands on the value of getting actionable information to the people.) By Ryan Smith Recently, during a policy briefing in the Central Valley, a community leader asked if she could comment by telling a story.  She spoke of a small …

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