Occupations with the largest numeric growth, projected 2010-20 will mostly not require very much education at all.
We know that this impacts policymakers' decisions to sort through high-stakes and tracking those students that are college ready (or "workforce ready") from those who are not. After all, these jobs need to get filled and certainly not by students with a whole lot of education—much less a higher-order, critical-thinking one.
Children of color and low-income whites will be (are are being) disproportionately impacted by this.
U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics