Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Report Highlights Skills Gap

Have you seen the new report from the National Skills Coalition?  The press release highlights key points:
"The report, which was released during the Annual Meeting, found that middle-skill jobs account for 51 percent of the region’s jobs today and will account for 44 percent of job openings in the next decade, making them the engine of the American South’s economy. But while 51 percent of current jobs are middle-skill, only 43 percent of the region’s workers are currently trained to the middle-skill level, a gap that threatens to undermine economic growth and innovation efforts."

Although it is focused on the South, it's an interesting report, detailed and with strong supporting data.  Most importantly, it raises questions about what schools need to do to prepare students for the workforce.  

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