Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Seeking Public Input on Common Standards for CTE Programs

The opportunity for the public to comment on the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) standards developed and validated by business, industry and education experts, begins today.

The public comment period will run April 30 – May 11, 2012 and all CTE stakeholders, including business and industry, educators, parents, and students are urged to participate in this process.

The public comment period is an opportunity for CTE stakeholders to participate in the development process of the CCTC, which is intended to help ensure all CTE students have access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused learning opportunities in every state, and every community across the nation. The CCTC will complement and support other comprehensive college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The CCTC initiative is being facilitated by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Consortium (NASDCTEc).

Forty-two states have declared support for the development of the CCTC. Each of the 42 states; Washington, DC and Palau nominated experts from a range of sectors -- from business and industry to education -- to participate in working groups charged with the development of the CCTC in the spring of 2012.

Once the public comment period ends on May 11, 2012 the state-nominated working groups will review the public feedback and finalize the standards.  The final standards are slated for public release at the National Career Clusters ™ Institute  on June 19, 2012. Provide public comment on the CCTC today.

For more information, contact Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, dfolkers@careertech.org.

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