Industry certifications enable students to receive the skills that will earn them a high-paying, in-demand job when they graduate from high school, whether it be in manufacturing, finance, technology, culinary arts, health care or another field.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, classes transitioned online. While a lot of classes made successful transitions, the quality of many career technical education classes was inhibited due to the inability to provide necessary machinery. According to an article in District Administration, concerns have arisen about how lack of proper CTE training will impact students’ college and career readiness and how much the equity gap will increase.
Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.
With STEM careers on the rise, policymakers and administrators alike are scrambling to discern which young students are prepared for future success, which aren't, and why.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment is a test aimed to gauge eighth grade students on problem solving, goal achievement, and technological understanding.