Midweek Roundup: Focus on career education and more national debate on Common Core

Article By: Sarah Tan | November 21, 2013 | Originally Posted on nola.com

In national education news this week, discussion has covered technical education, measures to help students succeed in higher education, and a discussion of the Common Core exam, PARCC. In Louisiana, state superintendent John White will be speaking later in the week about how the state plans to transition to Common Core standards, along with how they will be implementing assessments such as PARCC.

While Louisiana is gearing up to implement PARCC, Massachusetts is looking to scale it back. Education Week reports that the state, which is often seen as an education leader in reform, has said that it will not be looking to require that all school districts implement the exam that will test students on their knowledge of Common Core subjects by 2015.
Politico reports that President Barack Obama has recently unveiled a $100 million competitive grant program to go towards students interested in receiving a technical education. This comes at the same time that Louisiana is looking towards updating its career diploma and revamping career education in the state.

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