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The U.S. Department of Education has released its latest batch of non-regulatory guidance on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—this time focusing on student support services funded through the new Title IV block grant. Under Title IV, Part A of ESSA, states and school districts have flexible funding that can be used to support activities that advance the use of technology in the classroom, improve school climate and provide students with a well-rounded education. ESSA includes CTE in the definition of a well-rounded education, alongside other critical subjects that contribute to the academic and career success of all students.
The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant in Title IV of ESSA specifically provides funding for school districts to offer college and career guidance programs, which may include career awareness and exploration activities. It also allows districts to offer counselor professional development opportunities focused on utilizing labor market information to enhance student advisement on in-demand career pathways.
Additionally, the department has provided guidance on supporting school reforms through Title I funding for disadvantaged students. ESSA allows those schools in greatest need of assistance, operating a schoolwide program, to provide opportunities for students to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school, which can include offeringing CTE dual or concurrent enrollment programs.
For more information, read ACTE’s CTE in ESSA fact sheets on Career Guidance and Counseling and Academics and CTE in the Classroom. Additional ESSA implementation resources are available on our website and the CTE Policy Watch Blog.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 10/24/2016 at 11:25 AM in ESEA | Permalink
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