Highlights the demand for skills in the global economy and the ways in which educators can meet this demand by drawing on both career and technical education.

“College and career readiness is the new direction for K–12 education. Preparing students to transition without remediation to postsecondary education or to careers that pay a living wage, or both, is the ultimate aim of federal and state education policies, initiatives and funding.... The focus for student readiness, however, is primarily on academic knowledge—and not yet on the academic skills or the employability and technical knowledge and skills that are equally valued in a creative, innovative society” (p.6). The Association for Career and Technical Education, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills focused on the need to inform the nation’s efforts to improve college and career readiness. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: Up to the Challenge: The Role of Career and Technical Education and 21st Century Skills in College and Career Readiness


Major Findings & Recommendations

• “Support policies, programs and funding that secure the leadership role of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and CTE in preparing students with academic knowledge and skills for 21st century readiness” (p.8). • “Lead the integration of academic subjects, 21st century skills, and technical knowledge and skills throughout education to prepare all students for college and careers” (p.8). • “Close skill gaps by providing students of all ages with access to education that delivers the knowledge and skills necessary to be highly competitive in the labor market” (p.30). • “Partner with business and industry organizations to develop and implement rigorous programs of study that integrate academic subjects, 21st century skills, and technical knowledge and skills” (p.30). • “Support professional development and professional learning communities that foster collaboration between CTE and other educators, as well as administrators” (p.30). • “Support policies that require all students to have a personalized learning plan that clearly maps out a comprehensive strategy to achieve their education and career goals” (p.30). • “Partner with business and industry organizations to ensure that performance assessments and credentials earned by students reflect mastery of 21st century skills” (p.30). (Abstractor: Author)