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Technical Skill Attainment under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Daniel Smith, Center for Postsecondary Success Minnesota Department of Education. Purpose:

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Technical Skill Attainment under theCarl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006Daniel Smith, Center for Postsecondary SuccessMinnesota Department of Education

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Purpose:

The purpose of this Act is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, Section 2

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Two important changes in the Perkins Act of 2006:
  • A requirement for the

establishment of

Programs of Study

  • A new approach to assessing CTE skills
    • Academic skills
    • Technical skills
    • Workplace skills
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Elements in a Minnesota Program of Study:
  • Career Fields
  • Career Clusters
  • Career Pathways
  • Foundation Knowledge and Skills
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Minnesota’s New Direction – Programs of Study

Career Field

Career Cluster

Foundation Knowledge and Skills

Career Pathways

  • http://www.cte.mnscu.edu
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Minnesota hopes to address the secondary-postsecondary alignment issues through the development and implementation of career and technical education Programs of Study.
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Minnesota’s New Direction – Programs of Study

Career Field

Career Cluster

Foundation Knowledge and Skills

Career Pathways

Programs of Study

  • http://www.cte.mnscu.edu
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For Minnesota, a Program of Study is defined as:
  • A nonduplicative sequence of academic and technical courses,
  • Beginning no later than grade 11 and extending for at least two years beyond high school,
  • Culminating in a degree, diploma or certificate.
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Secondary CTE Program

Program of Study

Postsecondary CTE Program

  • Approved by the state at the consortium level
  • Broad-based
  • Approved at the District level
  • Approx. 50 unique CTE programs
  • Occupational focus
  • Approved for the college
  • Approx. 1400 unique CTE programs
  • Technical skill assessment for the purpose of accountability
  • Guidance function
  • Work readiness component
  • Articulation agreements
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Upper level high school courses

College Course-work

But are they ready?

Remediation!

Wasted Time?

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Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Fresh-man

Sopho-more

Prepara-tory Courses

Upper level high school courses

What is the value added and how is it recog-nized?

College Course-work

Program of Study

Technical Skill Assessment

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The Act requires states to use assessments that are valid and reliable and aligned to industry-recognized standards where available and appropriate.

Validity generally refers to the degree to which a test or other measuring device is truly measuring what it intends to measure.

Reliability refers to the consistency of results for a test or measuring device.

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Alignment to industry-recognized standards is often addressed by using examinations tied to industry or trade certifications, but may also be addressed through alignment with state or national industry or trade standards (such as those of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards & Training).
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In thirty areas plus foundation knowledge and skills, core skills have been identified and assessment blueprints prepared. An inventory of potential technical skill assessments has been assembled.

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And while it is the expectation that performance on CTE concentrators will be reported to the US Department of Education for the purpose of accountability,

Minnesota’s approach neither expects that allconcentrators are assessed

nor that onlyconcentrators are assessed.

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In each approved program of study of the consortium where the state has identified technical skill assessments, the consortium must select at least one secondary site and at least one postsecondary program and assess all CTE students at an appropriate place and time.
resources www cte mnscu edu
Resources: www.cte.mnscu.edu

Career fields, clusters, pathways wheel

Map of Perkins consortia

Background Report MN Technical Skill Assessment Project

Career Pathway Core Competencies

Technical Skill Assessment Matrix

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