Speakers at ACTs annual meeting discussed some troubling realities about education and workforce development in America.
The bad news is our dropout, remediation, and graduation rates are weakening Americas position as a world leader in education. At a time when the demand for a well-trained workforce is growing, our nations skill levels are declining.
The good news is that we have the power to reverse these trends. We know what we need to do to ensure America is equipped with a strong workforce that can compete in a global economy and maintain a high standard of living.
Its a matter of taking action.
In this issue, youll read about educators and professionals who are addressing the crisis head on. Wyoming policymakers are linking secondary student achievement to opportunities in higher education. A leading window and door manufacturer is using WorkKeys® to strengthen its workforce at facilities in North Carolina and Florida.
A national foundation is providing scholarships to mature women so they can prepare for new careers. Colleges in New York and Texas are collaborating with local employers to find solutions to area labor needs.
Only as more of us take on the challenges facing American education and workforce development can we sustain our competitive edge in a rapidly changing world.
ACT has responded to the Report of the Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admission from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Released in September 2008, the report suggests some important steps toward examining the role of standardized tests in college admission. Watch for an upcoming article in Activity about the role of tests in the college admission process and beyond.
High school freshmen have two million minutes to prepare for a world thats unlike anything previous generations have known.
Will they graduate ready to meet the demands of the global economy? Will they be able to compete with students from other countries whose academic instruction may have been more rigorous? Will we improve our education system in time to ensure our young people are successful in the twenty-first century?
Speakers advocate for a new system to change Americas direction in the global economy.
We respond to the need for research-based solutions to national education and workforce issues.
One of the largest jobs databases provides vital information about todays employees and employers.
State officials link high school academic performance to college opportunities for students.
WorkKeys assessment testing and training are good for business and much more.
Network helps raise awareness of local workforce issues, priorities, and solutions.
Scholarship program paves new career paths for mature women throughout the country.
Were making headway in China, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, and the Middle East.
China student is enjoying her college experience at The University of Iowa.
Paper lauded for addressing interest and need in student retention and success.