By Editors Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Timothy J. Bartik, Susan N. Houseman

Can the U.S. financial system generate fit development of fine jobs -- jobs that may make certain a gradual development within the lifestyle for the center type and that may supply a manner out of poverty for low-income americans? during this well timed new quantity, best coverage analysts research the demanding situations dealing with U.S. hard work marketplace coverage and suggest concrete steps to make American employees and employers extra aggressive in a world financial system.

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Career Academies are high schools organized around an occupational or industry focus, such as finance (22 percent of Career Academies), information technology (14 percent), and hospitality and tourism (12 percent). The more than 1,588 academies involved in the program try to weave related occupational or industrial themes into a college preparatory curriculum. indb 46 2/29/2008 1:42:04 PM Are Skills the Problem? 47 taught by a common team of teachers, and at least one course is careeror occupation-focused.

Indb 39 2/29/2008 1:42:03 PM 40 Lerman keep records of human capital investment with the same care or include the asset of a highly trained workforce on their balance sheets. So What? S. workforce have important weaknesses. But does it matter? Would policy development or the interpretation of economic trends change in response to a more thorough definition and measure of skills? S. workforce as measured by the NAAL. Nonetheless, reliance almost exclusively on educational attainment, student test scores, and limited adult testing pushes policymakers toward an unbalanced approach, one that tries to improve on the skill indicators we measure while ignoring the skills we rarely measure.

In addition, nearly 60 percent had worked for pay and 26 percent were working at the time of the survey. Sophomores from low-income families had somewhat lower activity levels. indb 45 2/29/2008 1:42:04 PM 46 Lerman ties probably helps youth develop, no one measures the acquisition of added skill sets. Despite the academic tests mandated by NCLB and a growing emphasis by states on a strictly academic curriculum, a sizable share of students still take vocational courses in high school. Students often take a vocational program alongside a strong academic program.

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