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States able to strengthen career readiness under ESSA
Recently, careertech.org reported that two years after the act was passed into law, the second plan submission window for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) came this week for states.
In 2015, ESSA was passed as a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), updating the act to give more state and local autonomy to provide innovation in education. States were required to submit a strategic implementation plan that would increase education standards and accountability for each state. The updated act has a strong alignment with CTE and the Perkins Act, but it is up to the state policy makers to drive career readiness initiatives. Advance CTE has outlined leveraging points for policy makers to use in their states: Vision and Goal Setting, Accountability, Supporting Effective Instruction, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Advance CTE has already reviewed and reported on 11 submitted state plans; they plan to review the 39 remaining over the coming months.
Please click here for Advance CTE’s overview.