Career and Technical Education (CTE) standards are an up-and-coming trend. With increased interest in workplace readiness as one of the primary goals of secondary education, it's no surprise that standards are being developed to codify what students are expected to know and be able to do in order to pursue their career goals.
Because there are so many different career paths, state CTE standards generally follow the model laid out by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEC) in their Common Career Technical Core standards. This model divides desirable career paths into sixteen areas. The breakdown of courses within these areas can vary quite a bit from state to state depending on, among other things, the types of industry most important to the state's economy.
EdGate is currently in the initial stages of work on making CTE standards available for interested customers. Because many states have a large number of CTE courses, each of which has a body of associated standards, we are rolling them out on a state-by-state basis; Texas will be the first state we offer, with California and Florida on the horizon.
By: Michael Walpole