ACTE Techniques January 2012 : Page 19

brand new teacher walking into the classroom now knows exactly what they need to do because everything is there, and courses are aligned to industry standards and academic standards in reading, writing, math and science, including the new Common Core State Standards.” States report Progress, Challenges Despite only being a year into implemen-tation, all the states are already report-ing benefits from the expanded focus on Programs of Study. Collaboration and networking have been major themes of the development process—drawing in new partners and strengthening relation-ships between secondary and postsecond-ary entities, and between the education and business communities. Ad:Layout 1 6/9/11 12:11 PM In Wisconsin, grant participants are also reporting strengthened student awareness of careers in the manufactur-ing pathway, and the development of new tools and resources that will facilitate statewide adoption of the RPOS. In Maryland, work has led to more rigorous technical content standards and clear alignment with academics, as well as more consistent and high-quality con-tent delivery. Several states also report improved data collection and analysis, leading to stronger programs and bet-ter student results. While the states are piloting work in only a few schools, many are already working to expand their more fully developed Programs of Study statewide. The successes have not been without challenges, as some states have struggled Page 1 to design accountability systems or ensure appropriate face time for key partners’ collaboration. However, despite these challenges, the efforts appear on their way to success. While it is too soon to evaluate the usefulness and efficacy of the Framework overall, it has provided a common language for states to use to ex-pand Programs of Study and college-and career-readiness for all students. Alisha Hyslop is ACTE’s assistant director of public policy. She can be contacted at Interested in exploring this topic further? Discuss it with your colleagues on the ACTE forums at www. . training, workforce development, education, aerospace, defense, alternative energy, sustainable energy, automotive, chemical, construction, engineering, economic development, financial services, insurance, health care, high-tech manufacturing, industrial manufacturing, life sciences, metals manufacturing, oil & gas, professional services, government, commercial/industrial real estate development, real estate brokers, consultants, retail/wholesale distribution, transportation, logistics, utilities, bio-tech, site selectors, architects, venture capital firms, agriculture, food service, environment, plastics, medical devices, research and development, fabricated metals manufacturing, industry perspectives, visionaries and strategies, innovative opportunities, quality places, profiles, enhanced media messaging, timely/informative content, corporate professionals YOU GET THE MESSAGE! Business Xpansion Journal • Global Corporate Xpansion • Defense Solutions Reaching Corporate Decision Makers Since 1995 866.222.3722 Januar y 2012 Techniques 19

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