Apprenticeships—Narrowing the Skills Gap and Making School More Relevant (Part 1)

“When the ladies from the business office came in to show us how they use spreadsheets in their job, the lesson became something that I need to learn because I will use it one day.” This remark was made by a high-school student from Alabama, one of the interviewees in a recent qualitative study on

Apprenticeship and Skills as Measured by PIAAC

“Young people reap many developmental benefits from engaging in apprenticeships” (Lerman, 2010). In apprenticeship programs, young people learn through observing and working with adult mentors who can guide them, advise them, as well as let them try and make mistakes. According to a study conducted by the Urban Institute, “Apprenticeship helps workers to master not

A ‘meh’ year for NAEP

The 2017 scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – the biennial test of US student performance in math and reading – were released last week, and the results in both subjects were underwhelming. Fourth and eighth-grade math scores and fourth-grade reading results were unchanged from 2015 with eighth-grade reading showing only the