Seeking leading practices for the state's career and technical education programs
A new performance audit found that the state's secondary CTE courses with the highest enrollment could more strongly align with high-wage, high-demand occupational areas. Many mid-level-skill jobs, in industries as diverse as robotics, carpentry and medical technology, pay well and require no more than two years of education from a community or technical college. However, Washington employers report being unable to fill many such jobs. The audit identified four areas for improvement:
- Improve career guidance given to students and provide it in a classroom setting in the 7th or 8th grade
- Strengthen employer engagement to better align CTE programs and courses with high-wage industry-needed skills
- Update the list of high-demand programs, strengthen the review of local labor demand data and clarify laws to help reduce the skills gap
- Expand the number of CTE dual-credit opportunities to increase the number of pathways from high school to college
If Washington adopts leading practices in these four areas, the state could create more opportunities for students while closing the gap between students' skills and employers' needs. Read the full report (pdf, 2.4 mb). Read the two-page summary (pdf, 92 kb).
Recent audit noted ways to more quickly verify incomes of Apple Health clients
A recently published performance audit examined the processes used by Health Care Authority staff to conduct income verifications for new or renewing Medicaid applicants. Over time, a backlog had built up that resulted in ineligible clients receiving five months of benefits on average before the agency ended coverage. The audit found the agency could further reduce the amount of benefits purchased for ineligible clients if it hires additional verification workers starting in July 2018. This would likely result in net state savings that exceed $13 million by June 2020. Because of funding restrictions, the agency will need a legislative appropriation to pay for these additional employees. Read the full report (pdf, 1 mb). Read the two-page summary (pdf, 101 kb).
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