College and career readiness took center stage earlier this week when Dr. Vince Bertram delivered the keynote address at the “Great Northwest” Leadership Conference at Northwest Missouri State University. Several themes were explored during his talk including the rate of technological change, the skills gap, understanding market demands, educational philosophies, and relevant learning experiences.
Despite efforts to communicate the importance of regular school attendance, the recommendation to prioritize attendance often goes unheeded. Missing more than 10% of the school year is considered chronic absenteeism and equates to missing 18 days of school. The long-term consequences of absenteeism at this rate are devastating if left unchecked.
What constitutes a quality education in 2017? How can student learning or teacher performance truly be measured in a valid, reliable and meaningful way? How is my kid doing? Is my high school graduate college and career ready, and just what does that mean exactly? Those important questions have become increasingly difficult to answer with one definitive response. As societal expectations, technological advances and the global economy have changed, our paradigm about a quality education has largely held static. That needs to change.