Cover image for September 2019 StandardBy 2025, 68 percent of U.S. jobs will require education and training beyond high school. With the triple reauthorization of the federal Perkins, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Every Student Succeeds Act, state leaders gain opportunities to ensure that every student has the academic and technical skills to embark on a path toward a good career during their K-12 years. The authors in this issue of the State Education Standard dive into the opportunities and challenges of realizing this vision for career education.

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High-Quality Career Readiness for All Students
As career pathways proliferate, state leaders should pay close attention to program quality.
By Kathleen Mathers

Four Strategies to Address Equity in CTE
State boards can help ensure that all students have access to high-quality CTE that prepares them for high-wage jobs.
By Austin Estes and Brianna McCain

Making the Most of Perkins V
Is your state tapping into the law’s new flexibilities and its convergence with ESSA and WIOA?
By Alex Perry

Rethinking Career Education in Nebraska
The state is building on recent reforms in CTE as it crafts a long-term state plan for Perkins.
By Rachel Wise, Matt Blomstedt, and Ryan Foor

Aligning CTE Courses to Local Labor Markets
Are students who stay put after high school prepared to work for hometown employers?
By Amber M. Northern and Michael J. Petrilli

The Critical Role of Apprenticeship Programs
State leaders seeking to expand work-based learning have many flavors to choose from.
By Wanda Monthey

Simulated Workplaces in West Virginia
Student-led businesses are key to West Virginia’s special brand of workbased learning.
By Kathy D’Antoni