Baldwin Acts to Improve Education & Career Readiness

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has been a strong advocate for improving career readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Senator Baldwin has introduced three bills this Congress to increase student achievement and help ensure students are prepared for a 21st century Made In Wisconsin economy.

Senator Baldwin was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, in introducing the Career Ready Act of 2015. This legislation would help ensure students are college and career-ready by strengthening school counseling programs and encouraging states to keep track of career readiness factors implemented in school districts.

Senator Baldwin also introduced legislation to help schools, districts, and states transform learning systems by utilizing innovative technology. The Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act would support educators in using technology to increase college and career readiness, help school districts build a technology infrastructure to ensure schools take full advantage of what technology has to offer, and increase student learning by infusing technology into education while protecting student privacy and ensuring data security.

In January, Senators Baldwin and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act in order to eliminate low-quality and unnecessary assessments from our nation’s classrooms. The SMART Act effectively targets federal funding to empower states to audit their assessment systems and eliminate poor quality and redundant tests. It also provides for states and local education agencies to improve their use of assessment data, which might include providing more time for educators to design instruction based on test results and speeding the delivery of test data to students and families.

All three bills have received broad support from national and Wisconsin organizations representing educators and education leaders.

Learn more about each of the bills here:
Career Ready Act
Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act
Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act