The 2018 Principals' Assessment of Public Education has been released. Among the issues raised are college and career readiness, and the related area of career and technical education. Notably, the report states "There are thousands of jobs that require technical training but do not require a college degree. On the other hand, there are still too many high school graduates who arrive at college unprepared for college level instruction."
The obvious implication is that college and career readiness should, and will, gain greater prominence within high school (and middle school) standards sets in the near future; this may require a more explicit definition of what constitute college and career readiness standards. Another more subtle implication is that the job market in certain industries may be turning away from requiring college degrees for their entry-level positions, and that other industries that had typically desired post-secondary technical training might now prefer to have much of that training take place in high school. This would lead to a greater emphasis on CTE, which could result in debates about how much weight to give CTE versus core subjects in class planning, what industries and areas of specialization are most appropriate for CTE training in high school (and earlier), individualization of graduation plans versus providing pre-planned suites of classes for students wanting to specialize in certain areas, and what to do about students who don't have a clear idea of what career they want to pursue or change their minds midway through a course of specialization.
EdGate continues to monitor developments with CTE standards and college/career readiness. You can read a copy of the Principals' Assessment of Public Education here.
By: Michael Walpole