By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations
The Career Pathways and Technical Education Advisory Task Force held their final meeting on Monday, February 10. Task force members reviewed, amended and adopted the draft definition of “College and Career Ready.” School board members have been asking for this definition since the end of the 2013 legislative session, so now you can review it. The new definition contains two amendments that were adopted that are meaningful changes. The final draft should be available on the department’s website soon — you will want to read the final definition when it is available.
The committee went on to review, amend and adopt the redrafted recommendations. After four hours of discussion they approved the final recommendations. One of the most meaningful changes was to change the wording from “student life plan” to read “student career and college readiness plan.” This is a welcome change based on what we heard from some school board members. Another noticeable change was that references to the “World’s Best Workforce” are minimized. The final change I will mention is that experiential learning experience in the high school is no longer required due to inequity in accessibility of these types of opportunities in schools across the state. The final report will be on the website shortly.
It is important that all school board members and education stakeholders read the final report. It is the blueprint for what our high schools will look like in the future.
Please visit http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/Welcome/AdvBCT/CareerPathTechEducTaskForce/index.html to view all related recommendations and information from the Career Pathways and Technical Education Advisory Task Force.