NCDG supports many of the key goals outlined in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), President Bush's signature education reform initiative.
A short paper, National Career
Development Guidelines and No Child Left Behind (WORD,
2005), discusses how NCDG supports NCLB. The major points
are summarized below.
The No Child Left
Behind law of 2002 is founded on four key principles:
- increasing state and local accountability
for student performance;
- creating more flexibility and
reduced bureaucracy at the state and local levels;
- focusing on what works by emphasizing
evidence-based research; and
- increasing options for parents.
NCLB particularly emphasizes high standards of achievement
for all students, so they will have the knowledge and
skills they need to pursue additional education and
a good career.
To this end, NCLB also stresses:
- improved teaching;
- using technology in the classroom;
- increasing the number of student
who go on to postsecondary education after high school.
For extensive information on NCLB, see the U.S. Department
of Education's NCLB
The National Career
Development Guidelines (NCDG) are a resource to help:
- career development professionals,
- parents, and
- community leaders
develop high-quality career development programs for
youth and adults nationwide.
NCDG helps people understand the relationship between
education and employment and the need for lifelong learning
by increasing their self-knowledge and enhancing their
career decision-making and planning skills.
The guidelines are set out in a framework that describes
a continuum of personal, education and career skills
young people and adults should master to get the most
from education, life and work.
How NCDG Supports NCLB
Students who have goals, plans, and a reason for being
in school are generally more engaged in their education
than students who do not. They are also more likely
to go to college, finish college, and succeed in their
chosen careers. NCDG provides the framework that schools,
teachers, counselors, and parents need to help students
set goals and make plans.
In particular, NCDG directly reinforces the following
- Promoting safe and
drug-free schools and enhancing strong personal qualities.
Students who understand themselves, know how to get
along with others and make informed decisions are
less likely to resort to violence and drugs. The following
NCDG goals specifically address these NCLB goals:
understanding of yourself to build and maintain a
positive interpersonal skills including respect for
personal growth and change into your career development.
personal, leisure, community, learner, family and
a process of decision-making as one component of career
NCDG indirectly reinforces these NCLB goals:
- High-quality academic
assessments, curriculum, and instructional materials
aligned with challenging state academic standards.
The NCDG seeks to align personal and career goals
with standards-based curriculum and state standards.
NCDG can increase program accountability because it
encourages self assessment, which leads to aligning
student outcomes with instructional materials.
- Improving teaching
quality. The NCDG gives teachers, administrators
and counselors the skills and knowledge they need
to help students and parents make career choices and
plan their education accordingly.
- A developmental, preventive
approach to counseling. Career development
activities and lessons based on the NCDG help students
make connections between their school subjects and
occupations so they better understand the relationship
between educational achievement and future opportunities.
- Increased parental
options and choice. NCDG gives parents
information, activities and resources so they can
support their children's education and career development.
development concepts and skills, as set out in the National
Career Development Guidelines, support many of the goals
of No Child Left Behind. They spur higher academic achievement,
and help students develop the personal qualities that
lead to academic, social and career success. The NCDG
framework provides a solid foundation for parents, educators
and counselors as they help students maximize their
school experience and prepare for successful transition
to postsecondary opportunities.
also, Appendix A [WORD]
from No Child Left Behind and the National Career
Development Guidelines--Making Connections, Linda
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