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CTE Research Review

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

A lot of new research and resources have been released over the past month. Here’s what you may have missed:

New Studies

Georgetown’s Center for Education and the Workforce has published two new reports of interest to the CTE community. The first, “College Is Just the Beginning,” examines the world of post-secondary education and training and found that roughly $1.1 trillion is spent annually.cew

Researchers split the sum between colleges and universities ($417 billion) and employers ($177 billion in formal training; $413 billion informal on-the-job training). However, that employer number comes with a caveat – employers spend more because education providers may only have a student for a handful of years while an employer may have them for decades. The study also found that federally funded job training is the smallest component, ringing in at $18 billion.

The cost of training also varies widely among industries depending on the intensity of the training. Manufacturing, for example, was found to be the most training intensive.

The center also released a new report called, “The Undereducated American,” which looks at the country’s number of college-going workers and claims that supply has failed to keep pace with growing demand since the 1980s, resulting in widening income inequality.

Other studies of note:

New Surveys and Forecasts

A new public opinion poll from the Association of American Colleges and Universities found strikingly large gaps between employers and recent college graduates regarding career readiness.

While the survey found that employers continue to overwhelmingly endorse the need for broad learning and cross-cutting employability skills, they gave their recent hires very low marks on 17 learning outcomes related to being well-prepared for careers.

Meanwhile, recent graduates held a very different view of their preparedness with some of the largest gaps being critical thinking, written communication and working with others.

Another survey of note:

New Data

A new report from the Government Accountability Office takes aim at state data systems. Despite the $640 million federal investment, the results are state systems linking education and workforce data that are riddled with holes. While the systems have had some success, there are many challenges remaining and questions about sustainability when federal funding goes away.

Other data of note:

Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate

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CTE Research Review

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Research Image_6.2013As terms such as “data-driven” dominate discussions of student educational outcomes, a new report shines a light on the challenges of data collection within the Career Technical Education (CTE) system.

Data collection is a key mandate of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 as a means to hold state and local grantees accountable for achieving positive student outcomes, but grantees often face difficulty meeting these requirements due to a variety of external factors.

The report, titled, “Assessing the Education and Employment Outcomes of Career and Technical Education Students,” argues that additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and future legislation from Congress can help grantees generate valid, reliable and comparable state data. NASDCTEc’s Executive Director Kimberly Green authored the paper with Steve Klein, director of the Center for Career & Adult Education and Workforce Development at RTI International, and consultant Jay Pfeiffer.

The authors offer five recommendations for improving outcomes reporting:

To learn more about data collection options, the challenges CTE grantees face in obtaining reliable data and more, be sure to check out the full report.

Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate

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Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grants Now Available

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Department of Labor announced the availability of $12 million for Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants. Grants will allow State Workforce Agencies to develop and use State workforce longitudinal administrative data systems, which include information from programs that provide training, employment services, and unemployment insurance.

Eligible applicants are State Workforce Agencies that were not recipients of a round one WDQI grant. The Department plans to award approximately twelve grants of up to $1 million each for a 36 month grant period.

The deadline to apply for a grant is April 19, 2012. More information can be found here.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager


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Department Soliciting Comments on FERPA Regulations

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Last month, U.S. Department of Education released proposed amendments to the regulations implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in a Federal Register notice. The goal of the proposed changes is two-fold – to give states more flexibility in collecting data through statewide longitudinal data systems, and protecting student privacy.

Among the proposed changes to FERPA that could have an impact on the collection of CTE data:

NASDCTEc has reviewed the amendments and will submit comments in the coming weeks. You may submit comments to the Department on or before May 23, 2011.

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NASDCTEc Joins the Data Quality Campaign

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

DQC logoNASDCTEc recently joined the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) as an endorsing partner. The DQC is comprised of organizations that work together to encourage and support state policymakers to improve the collection, availability and use of high quality education data.  The DQC also conducts an annual survey that measures states’ progress towards building and implementing the DQC’s 10 essential elements of a longitudinal data system.

Shortly after joining, NASDCTEc was asked to take part in the Workforce Advisory Group, which will help provide expertise and counsel to the DQC Partners as they develop tools, resources, and messages to inform state policymaker efforts to link education and workforce data. The group will meet quarterly over the next 18 months and provide input on how to best educate policymakers on the importance of linking education and workforce data and to assist states with their work in linking systems.

To get more information on the work that the DQC is doing, you can sign up for their bi-monthly newsletter here:

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