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Administration of Technology-Based Learning Surveys (Training and Employment Notice)
This Training and Employment Notice (TEN 21-12), issued by the Department of Labor's Employment and training Administration on February 15, 2013, alerts State Workforce Agency Administrators and Local Workforce Investment Board Executive Directors that a study of Technology-Based Learning in the public workforce system is being implemented and their completion of the surveys will support this study.
No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (H.R. 325)
This bill temporarily suspends the debt ceiling limitation on the federal government until MAy 18, 2013. The bill does not actually raise the debt ceiling, rather it suspends the rule ordering that the debt ceiling can not be breached. This action effectively prevents the country from defaulting on its financial obligations. Besides raising the debt ceiling, H.R. 325 also delays the salaries to legislators in the House and Senate until their respective chamber agrees to a budget for Fiscal Year 2014.
Retention Best Practices: A Collection of Best Practices from North Carolina Community Colleges
This report, compiled by the Student Development Services within the North Carolina Community Colegee System, discusses the best practices of several North Carolina Community Colleges in their efforts to address and imrpove retention by providing increased services, caring strategies, early interventions, and other methods and/or courses of action. Best practices are listed by college and topic with campus contact information included.
State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers

The report describes current sector strategies, discusses their difference from traditional workforce and economic development programs, and describes actions that state administrators and policymakers can take to create strategies and implement them effectively. These strategies are among a small number of workforce interventions with statistical evidence showing improvements for workers in employment opportunities and in wage increases.

Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire's Competency-Based System
This report, released by the Alliance for Excellent Education in January 2013, profiles how two high schools in New Hampshire made this shift and examines the necessary changes at both the school and in state policy. Competency-based advancement is an important part of New Hampshire‚??s strategy for implementing the Common Core State Standards and meeting the state department of education‚??s goal that every student ‚??deserves a course of study that allows him or her to learn in a deep, meaningful, and practical way.‚?Ő
Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years: Investing in Out-of-School Time Staff and Volunteer Competencies as a Dropout Prevention Strategy
This report, released by the National Human Services Assembly in January 2013, discusses solutions to problems known as "dropping out" and "disconnected youth." The brief makes the case for a specific evidence-based strategy: ensruing that adults who serve middle schoolder have the competencies needed to deliver highly effective out-of-school time (OST) services. Three leading practices are highlighted: training and development specific with this age group and its development stages, aligning talent development with quality improvement, and investing in OST managers' competencies.
Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009-10 (First Glance)
This report presents the number of high school completers and the dropout data for grades 9-12 for public schools in school year 2009-10
2014 GED Test Series Information - Training and Employment Notice (January 16, 2013)
This notice provides the workforce development system with information related to the 2014 General Education Development (GED) Test series. It was was issued by the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration on January 16, 2013.
Evaluation of Wworkforce Investment Act Waivers Final Report
This is the final report from an evaluation, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, on a selection of specific waivers from some requirements asscoaited with the Workforce Investment Act. Drawing from the two interim reports and additional analysis, this final report summarizes the findings from all phases of data collection under the study. Some of the observations in the final report include lessons learned from the waiver implementation process such as the need to streamline the waiver request process and waiver-related paperwork requirements and the need to share information and guidance on waivers and their potential uses as well as the benefits of approving waivers for longer periods of time.
Evaluation of Waivers Granted Under WIA: Profiles of 12 Sites in Final Interim Report
This second interim report, released by Mathematica Policy Research in January 2013, provides findings primarily from the second phase of data collection for this study. The report focuses on profiles of the 12 local areas visited and provides descriptive information about waiver use in those local areas.  The profiles combine data collected from state officials about the waiver application and implementation process with information collected on site during discussions with local area staff, employers, and training providers.
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