ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®
ACTE has been asked to share the following message about the release and feedback period for Version 4 of the Common Education Data Standards. These standards will play an important role in the incorporation of CTE and workforce development data elements in state longitudinal data systems, so we encourage you to review!
Your feedback on CEDS Version 4 CTE elements is needed! Public review comments are due 9/20.
The draft of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) version 4 has been released for public comment. CEDS 4.0 includes over 40 new and revised elements related to CTE teachers, students and programs, including professional/technical credentials, teacher certification, and work-based learning.A work group of CTE state data administrators and program specialists contributed to the element development and revision process.
To view these elements, visit https://ceds.ed.gov/elementsCEDS.aspx and select "Career and Technical" under "Filter by Domain." You can then choose to view all CTE-related elements, or just those that were new or updated for version 4. Each element shown is followed by a "Comment on this element button" that you can use to give feedback.
About CEDS 4.0
There are over 200 proposed new V4 elements, as well as some updated elements from the previous version of CEDS. In total, the proposed CEDS Version 4 includes over 1,300 unduplicated elements. The Version 4 draft spans P-20W (early learning through workforce), including additions to:
The draft elements are NOT included in the data model (DES or NDS) or the CEDS Tools (Align and Connect). Once the elements have gone through the review process and been revised as final they will be included in the models and tools with the V4 release in January, 2014.
CEDS supports the development of a common vocabulary for P-20W. It is a collection of definitions and formats for the most commonly used P-20W education data elements but does not dictate how individual data systems collect, store, and report data. CEDS is developed each year by a group of stakeholders but is also equally shaped by those that provide feedback during this public comment period.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 09/07/2013 at 10:33 AM in Action Alerts, Educator Development, Standards and Assessments, State and Local Issues | Permalink
On April 25th, the U.S. Department of Education released its plan for transforming the teaching profession titled “A Blueprint for Recognizing Education Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT).” The Blueprint for RESPECT is the latest piece of the department’s efforts to start a national conversation on the teaching profession, which began in 2012.
Developed in conversation with over 5,700 educators nationwide and other education stakeholders, the Blueprint proposes a competitive, $5 billion grant program to focus on seven areas critical to transforming the teaching profession.
In addition, the blueprint proposes a special program to support a STEM master teacher corps. The department’s vision for the corps is to improve the retention of STEM educators, recruit high-achieving STEM professionals to be educators, and expand the impact these educators have on their colleagues. To accomplish these goals, the corps would provide a specified funding stream in the RESPECT program to recognize and reward the most accomplished STEM educators with an annual $20,000 stipend in addition to a base salary and opportunities to serve as instructional leaders in their schools and communities.
In conjunction with the release of the Blueprint for RESPECT, the department has also re-launched its website on the RESPECT project. The website provides additional information on the project, how the department devised the blueprint and other resources for educators.
Posted by Brendan Desetti on 04/29/2013 at 04:49 PM in Educator Development | Permalink
As part of a package of career and technical education related legislation, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced two bills aimed at professional development for CTE educators and modernization for CTE facilities.
The Professional Development for Educators Act of 2013 (S. 441) provides additional funding through Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to examine current, and develop new, professional development opportunities for educators. The bill includes a provision that 25 percent of funding for the program be dedicated to professional development activities that involve science, technology, engineering, mathematics and CTE.
The Career and Technical Education Facilities Modernization Act (S. 439) provides $75 million for the modernization, renovation or repair of a facility that will be used to improve the quality and availability of career and technical education. The bill also allows funds to be used to make a one-time repair of serviceable equipment or replacement of equipment at the end of its serviceable lifespan at the facility.
These two bills complete Senator Begich’s CTE legislation package, which also includes the Counseling for Career Choice Act. All three bills would modify the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to enhance CTE and better integrate academic and technical courses.
Posted by Brendan Desetti on 03/19/2013 at 04:59 PM in Educator Development | Permalink
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