There is so much talk and public attention focused on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and Mathematics these days. Career technical education (CTE) certainly seems to be taking a back seat in the classroom... But CTE is what makes math and language arts relevant for many students. And so, no, common core standards for CTE are not becoming irrelevant!
So, where are the common core standards for CTE?
Common cores standards are almost here. In June, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) will release the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) standards. States can adopt and implement them in their CTE programs of study.
In a presentation given to the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) Board of Directors in January, 2012, Kimberly Green, Executive Director for NASDCTEc spoke about common core standards. She explained that “the CCTC is a state-led initiative to develop a shared set of high-quality CTE standards for what students should know and be able to do at the end of a program of study within a particular career field.”
What is included in the common core standards for CTE?
According to Green, the CCTC standards will include:
Standards for Career Ready Practice (10-15 Career Ready Practices)
Career Cluster™ Anchor Standards (8-15 common standards with application to each of the 16 Career Clusters™)
Career Pathway Standards (10-25 standards specific to Career Pathway, industry benchmarked when possible)
Built from the industry and post secondary validated Career Cluster™ Knowledge and Skills statements
Forty-two states have declared their support for the development of the CCTC. Each of those states nominated experts from a range of industry and education sectors to participate in “working groups.” These groups are responsible for the development of the common core standards.
The common core standards have already been drafted, reviewed, revised, and released for public comment. The final release is expected on June 19, 2012. (To learn more about the CCTC, visit NASDCTEc’s Website at www.careertech.org.)