While the U.S. has had mixed educational results in recent decades, Massachusetts has defied national trends to emerge as a leader in educational achievement and innovation. Nowhere is that seen more clearly than in career and technical education.
Pioneer Institute’s new book, Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools, explains how the Bay State has combined its industrial heritage, educational excellence, and wise governance to forge a voc-tech system that is second to none. It offers a blueprint for how communities nationwide can leverage human capital and local and regional strengths to meet the needs and challenges of schools and workplaces in the twenty-first century.
Praise for “Hands-On Achievement”
““Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools,” edited by Chris Sinacola and David J. Ferreira and published by the free-market think tank Pioneer Institute. It has many surprises. Public high schools advertising themselves as models of vocational and academic instruction have often been weak in both areas. But Massachusetts has made great strides since its 1993 Education Reform Act required that vocational students be taught with the same academic standards and tests used by regular public schools.”
“ The Bay State is a leader in K–12 education, and Pioneer Institute’s book Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools makes a compelling case that their career and technical education programs are among the best in the country. There are important lessons here for policy makers, school leaders, and businesses alike about how to craft reforms that educate and train students with the career-ready skills they’ll need to compete in the global economy.”
What you need to know about vocational-technical education in Massachusetts:
Students participating in CTE
of jobs require Skills Training
Vocational School Districts
of Massachusetts Secondary CTE concentrators met performance standards
in Perkins CTE funding for Massachussetts
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