Upcoming Webinar Hosted by EdWeek.org

Clearing the Hurdles: Helping Low-Income Students Get Into College

This event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Eastern time. Despite the push for more diversity on college campuses, low-income students are still underrepresented in higher education. To meet the nation’s goal of improving college completion, more supports are needed to help those students get into college. Yet college-going students from disadvantaged backgrounds face barriers—from understanding the application process, to filling out financial-aid forms, to covering fees. Learn about how the landscape has changed for low-income students and what policies could help improve access, and hear about innovative programs that are successfully walking students through the transition from high school to college.

Presenters:

Jennifer Engle, Director of Higher Education Practice and Policy, The Education Trust, Washington.

Traci Kirtley, Director of Programming and Evaluation, Admission Possible National, St. Paul, Minn.

Moderator:  Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week.

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Arizona CTE Students Outperform Non-CTE Students

Arizona career technical education (CTE) students perform significantly higher in math and writing than their non-CTE peers, according to recently-released 2011 state assessments.

In a recent Inside Tucson Business editorial, Kathy Prather, director of career and technical education at the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), highlights 2011 Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards scores; the outcomes underscore the “drastic contrast between the general population of [TUSD] high school students and those students in the district who are enrolled for at least two credits” in CTE.

The data shows the strong performance of TUSD CTE concentrators (students completing at least two CTE credits) on the spring 2011 AIMS assessment, with 87.46 percent of them meeting or exceeding the pass score for AIMS math compared to 41.6 percent of the general high school population in TUSD, she noted.

Further, in the AIMS writing test, CTE concentrators in TUSD had a pass/exceed rate of 95.51 percent versus 55.3 percent for the district’s general high school population. In reading, TUSD CTE students had a pass/exceed rate of 95.43 percent versus 65.8 percent for the district’s general high school population, according to the editorial.

“Today’s CTE programs are more rigorous and focus on the need for preparing students for post-secondary education success,” Prather said.

“With solid [Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards] scores and passion for their programs-of-study, these TUSD CTE concentrators are well on their way to successful careers.”

Via CTE Blog.

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