At EdGate our work is never stagnant; we can never get too comfortable, especially with Career and Technical Education standards. In the last couple of years we added the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) standards to our standards repository. Eleven states are using those standards. What seems like just a moment later, several states have tweaked those standards to make them their own and another few added a completely new career cluster: Energy.
As always, EdGate is your source for staying current with new developments in education and the impact of educational standards.
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Texas Science Standards in the News
When Texas heats up discussions in the education arena, publishers tune in to see where in their content they will need to adapt next. Since the 1980's, factions have debated what should and should not be included in science standards...and this is still continuing today.
After years of controversy, the Texas State Board of Education last week gave the final seal of approval for science curriculum standards, through the substitution of some key words and phrases, allowing students to learn high school biology without being required to challenge evolution. As one might anticipate, the standards that covered evolution were the most hotly debated issue during this process.
Committees of Texas teachers and scholars have worked for months to streamline the state's science curriculum and standards, while still encouraging critical thinking. One of the goals also being to end up with a more manageable number of science standards for all grades.
Ron Wetherington, a member of the streamlining committee
, states "For the first time in decades, the science standards contain no controversial student expectations and represent mainstream science. Also for the first time, the board reached out to teachers for ongoing comment on their amendments and paid attention to the experts in the classroom."
Stay tuned as this implies the Science TEKS then will be updated soon, which EdGate will be monitoring!
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Career and Technical Education Standards
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the U.S. change constantly to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an increasingly dynamic world. But this means that CTE standards continue to change and grow as well.
The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) includes 16 Career Clusters that define what students should comprehend upon completion of a specific Career Pathway. CCTC was introduced in 2012 as a way to simplify standards, but a great deal of variability still remains from state to state.
Many states have their own unique perspective on education. Eleven
states have adopted CCTC, but incorporate their own independent standards. For example, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado, and Florida added a 17th career cluster of Energy, but opted to create standards individualized for each particular state.
According to careertech.org other states use CCTC as a conceptual framework for organizing and communicating their existing CTE standards instead of as practical standards.
And standards continue to change. Over ten states have adjusted their standards within the past calendar year alone, at a pace that makes it daunting to keep up with new modifications. Indiana released new standards for their Family and Consumer Sciences career cluster, and South Dakota introduced new legislation affecting five of its career clusters, all just in the past week.
EdGate understands that keeping up with the changes in CTE/CCTC standards for all 50 states is an arduous task for any educator or business.
To that end, we use a blend of technology and dedicated personnel to comb through each repository, identify changes as they happen, and add them to our database, saving you time, energy and money.
We possess over 2.7 million CTE standards in our directory, and that number is growing daily.
Contact us to learn how we can help you align your content to the changing demands of educational communities around the U.S. It's a lot easier than counting to 2.7 million all by yourself.
By: Amanda Dragon
Career Technical Education and Government
As an industry leader, EdGate is "in the know" about teaching trends happening across the country.
In the past few years Career Technical Education has been on the rise, but in recent weeks it has once again taken center stage through a bipartisan bill which the House education committee approved. This bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which was first authorized by the federal government in 1984.
According to EducationWeek's Politics K-12 blog dated May 17, 2017, Representatives Virginia Foxx and Bobby Scott agreed there is a skills gap between what students are provided in educational settings and the demands of the current workforce.
A statement made by Foxx, "This legislation will empower state and local leaders to tailor programs to meet the unique needs" of students in their community. "Local leaders will be better equipped to respond to changing education and economic needs."
It is clear that Career Technical Education is here to stay and gaining momentum across the country.
What does this mean for you? If you happen to be a publisher of Career Technical Education resources, your content could be in high demand and lucky for you EdGate is here to help ensure those resources meet state and national CTE standards!
In 2015 EdGate launched an initiative to acquire CTE standards for all clusters/pathways in all states across the U.S. We are now preparing those standards so they are ready and available for alignment to publisher content. To learn more about CTE standards and our repository, please visit our website at
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