The Illinois STEM Learning Exchanges, and the way the partnerships were developed and implemented, model how a state can effectively engage the private sector to improve the quality of its career pathways.
Excel in CTE was launched in 2012 to help students transition to postsecondary education and training by increasing industry-recognized credential attainment and dual enrollment. The program has grown substaintially since then, serving more than 10,000 students a year.
Kentucky is regarded as a leader in accountability and assessment, particularly when it comes to Career Technical Education (CTE). The commonwealth's accountability system, which was modified under ESSA, was designed to ensure student would graduate college and career ready.
Louisiana's Jump Start centers around public-private partnerships — regional teams of K-12, postsecondary and industry representatives come together to create course pathways in demanded fields, which include related workplace experiences and are anchored in an industry-recognized credential.
Nebraska’s reVISION program draws on state workforce data to help school districts evaluate and develop plans to improve their career preparation systems. ReVISION districts use these plans to phase out low-quality programs, develop new ones, and align standards with industry needs.