School leaders from 17 states have signed on to a new effort to make career technical education relevant, rigorous, and accountable.
The Council of Chief State School Officers announced last week that it will provide resources and coaches to states that want to review career technical education, or CTE, policies and develop strategic plans to improve students’ workforce skills.
The Career Readiness Initiative will create a network to share best practices and online materials to use in assessing career education systems. In exchange, the states have committed to pull together stakeholders and draft concrete proposals to advance career programs in high schools.
A version of this article appeared in the October 08, 2015 edition of Education Week as States Unite to Improve Career-Technical Programs