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Preparing for the New GED Test: What to Consider before 2014
This brief, released by the Working in the fall of 2012, provides and overview of the GED test and a primer outlining the changes that will be made for 2014 and offers ways states can prepare for them. It also describes alternatives to attining a high school equivalency diploma (HSED). Finally, the report summarizes actions staets need to take to ensure that those with the most need and least resrouces, are not shut out of the education system.
State Implementation of Common Core Standards Issue Brief
This report, entitled "Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Educator Effectiveness" and released in October 2012 by the National Governors Association, is the the first brief in a four-part series on CCSS implementation, focuses on policies to build the effectiveness of educators through preparation programs, licensure/certification, evaluations and professional development.
Report on Vulnerable Youth - Background and Policies
This report, released on October 1, 2012 by the Congressional Research Service, focuses on the compexity of transitioning to adulthood for adolescents. Also, the report discusses "disconnectedness" along with potential protective factors. Finally, it porvides an overview of current fedeal programs that target vulnerable youth as well as the evolution of federal youth policy.
A Talent Development Solution: Exploring Business Drivers and Returns in Learn and Earn Partnerships
This report, released by Corporate Voices for Working Families in September 2012, identifies practices, chracteristics, and returns of innovative, business-led partnerships between employers and education providers. It presents a comprehensive overview of this emerging "Learn and Earn" field - an approach to the connections between employers and education providers that builds the talent pools employers need and offers employees the opportunity to gain tangible skills and earn a postsecondary degree/credential, and a path to a brighter future.
Back on Track through College in the Rio Grande Valley
This report was released by first Focus in August 2012 and highlights activities being undertaken in the Rio Grande Valley region to address dropout recovery and promote psotsecondary success.
Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth
This report issued by FSG in September 2012 emphasizes the need for systems and stakeholders who affect disconnected youth to work together to provide positive outcomes.
Office of Management and Budget's Sequestration Report - September 2012
The White House's Office of Management and Budget released a report addressing the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 in September 2012. This report outlines the appropriate percentages and necessary amounts to be cut from various categories within the federal budget.
FY 2013 Federal Budget Side-By-Side Analysis
This analysis compares the federal budget for fiscal year 2013 with past years in terms of the funding to key programs and activities that are relevant to youth development, education, and workfroce development.
Developing a Professional Development System for Youth Service Professionals
This brief assesses the current state as well as potential future for a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary professional development targeting youth service professionals. Released in August 2012 by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth.
2012 Youth Summer Employment Summary
This report, released on August 21, 2012, provides the employment statistics for youth (ages 16-24) during April-July in 2012. Also includes some comparative data for 2011, 2010, and 2009 along with industry-specific information for 2012.
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