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September 06, 2018

The Tangled Web: The High School Diploma, College and Career Readiness Standards and Career and Technical Education

Marc Tucker looks at how low bars for college and career readiness standards, career and technical education and high school graduation requirements are leaving U.S. students two and three years behind their peers in top-performing systems.

July 12, 2018

An Open Letter to Secretary DeVos: How to Create a World-Class Career and Technical Education System

In an open letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Marc Tucker outlines what it would take for the United States to build a career and technical education system on par with those of top-performing countries.

June 20, 2018

What, Exactly, Should the Purpose of Career and Technical Education Be?

The world's best Career and Technical Education systems produce graduates with industry-recognized credentials that have real economic value. Marc Tucker argues that's the exception rather than the rule for US CTE programs.

July 20, 2017

The False Choice Between Vocational and Academic Education

Marc Tucker challenges the notion that policy makers must choose between a strong academic education and vocational education.

July 13, 2017

For Applied Learning to Work, a National Effort Is Required

To effectively connect rigorous academic education with applied learning, Marc Tucker calls for a unified effort by states, the federal government and the nation's leading foundations.

December 15, 2016

Rust Belt Workers Don't Want to Hear About Education and Retraining

Former industrial workers in the United States may pine for the jobs and industries that have abandoned them, but that won't bring them back, explains Marc Tucker.

May 26, 2016

Making Youth Apprenticeships Work

Marc Tucker explains why apprenticeship rates in the U.S. have lagged those of other developed economies and what the world's best apprenticeship systems can teach us about how to build a system that works for our students.

May 19, 2016

Reauthorizing the Perkins Act: Setting States Up to Succeed

Marc Tucker explains how the reauthorization of the Perkins Act presents an opportunity to address the urgent need to greatly improve our career and technical education system.

May 12, 2016

Let's Get Serious About Career and Technical Education

In the second part of a series on career and technical education, Marc Tucker argues that CTE should be both academically demanding and result in a meaningful credential for graduates.

May 05, 2016

Career and Technical Education: What's the Goal?

Career and technical education is gaining much-needed attention, but are we building the kind of system that will deliver the skills our students need to compete?

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