Implementation of Standards
The Standards for Career Ready Practice can be integrated with a course or incorporated into several courses over multiple school years (grades seven through twelve). The practices are expectations for all students, whether they are enrolled in a CTE program or following a more generalized course sequence. It is expected that all students who exit high school will be proficient in these practices.
The anchor standards are the basis for each of the pathways within each sector. These standards are designed to assist with the development of course curricula and instructional lesson plans; they describe what is to be taught and measured. In most cases, the teacher determines the sequence and strategies to be used to meet the needs of the student population he or she is serving.
The performance indicators that follow each standard offer guidance for both course design and student assessment. They are intended to guide coursework as it is developed. The pathways organize the standards with a career focus, but they are not designed to be offered as single courses. Rather, the standards from each pathway are collected and organized into a sequence of learning. To meet local demands of business and industry and particular student populations, standards can be collected from more than one sector to create a course.
Using the academic alignment matrices as a resource, academic and CTE teachers can see where enhancements and support for both sets of standards can be initiated. CTE teachers can quickly identify academic standards that have a substantial relationship to their instruction. Likewise, academic teachers can specify individual academic standards and quickly identify related CTE standards, which will assist them in incorporating application and technology in their curricula and lessons.
The Career Technical Education Framework for California Public Schools (CDE 2007) provides specific guidance and tools for designing CTE courses, curricula, lessons, and assessments. The framework can be of great assistance in developing high-quality CTE programs and developing curricula that integrate career and academic learning for improving student achievement. The CTE framework will be revised in 2014 to reflect the assistance in developing high-quality CTE programs and developing curricula that integrate career and academic learning for improving student achievement.
The CTE framework will be revised in 2014 to reflect the updated CTE standards; however, the concepts in the 2007 framework remain relevant and are supportive of rigorous instruction.
The CTE Model Curriculum Standards are intended to serve the entire education community—from middle schools and high schools to postsecondary colleges and career training programs. A major aim of these standards is to prepare students for postsecondary education and training and to help them make a smooth transition into the workforce. In order for both the people and the economy of California to prosper, it is essential for all students to emerge from schools ready to pursue their career and college goals. Equipping all high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and manage their education and careers throughout their lives will help to guarantee these important outcomes. Strong CTE programs will continue to provide important educational opportunities to assist students as they pursue their dreams and strive for economic prosperity. The CTE Model Curriculum Standards are a resource for educators and the business world for ensuring high-quality CTE learning experiences and improved student outcomes in the twenty-first-century economy.
Standards for Career Ready Practice
California’s Standards for Career Ready Practice, which follow this introduction, are based on the Career Ready Practices of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a state-led initiative sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc):
Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students. These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education. Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study. (NASDCTEc 2012, p. 2)
California’s 12 Standards for Career Ready Practice align with the state’s CTE anchor standards and reflect the expectations from business and industry, labor and community organizations, and secondary and postsecondary education representatives from 42 participating states.