In New York CTE, a measure of quality is for a program to go through the Program Approval process and the Model Programs selection. A new resource has been developed nationally to assist teachers and administrators reflect on the quality of CTE programs. ACTE recently released the 2018 version of its Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. To bring clarity to this conversation on quality from a national perspective, ACTE has created an evidence-based framework defining high-quality CTE across 12 elements. You see many areas of overlap with the NY approval process, but there are other areas of a program which go into more detail.
- Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum
- Sequencing and Articulation
- Student Assessment
- Prepared and Effective Program Staff
- Engaging Instruction
- Access and Equity
- Facilities, Equipment, Technology, and Materials
- Business and Community Partnerships
- Student Career Development
- Career and Technical Student Organizations
- Work-based Learning
- Data and Program Improvement
The 2018 version of the framework culminates research, several rounds of feedback and pilot testing. The useful tool for NY educators is a program self-evaluation instrument, which can be completed in print or using our new online evaluation form. If filled out online, users can receive automatically calculated scores, save and print their results, and connect to the High-quality CTE Tools online library for areas identified as needing improvement.
In addition to being a voluntary tool for self-assessment and program improvement, the Quality CTE Program of Study Framework also serves as a guide for ACTE’s work in disseminating best practices and providing professional development. ACTE will release additional quality resources in 2019 and 2020, including a new Techniques column, a new paper series and an expanded rubric that will more specifically describe what progress and success looks like for each of the criteria.
Take a closer look at this High-Quality Framework and tool. This is an opportunity to share the excellent work of many of our CTE programs.