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Career and Technical Education
Kentucky Update
Where we’ve been…
Where we are…
Where we’re going…
January 29, 2014
New Horizons for CTE
• Merger of the Office of Career and Technical
Education and College and Career
Readiness in the KDE.
– State Operated ATCs and OCTE Central
Office staff who were formerly housed in
the Workforce Development Cabinet are
now a part of the Kentucky Department of
Major Initiatives in Kentucky
Revision of Program of Studies documents which merges the
two CTE curricular systems
– POS aligned to KOSS and/or national industry standards.
Implementation of TRACK – Tech Ready Apprentices for
Careers in Kentucky
– Partnership between OCTE and The Kentucky Labor
Cabinet to provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities to
secondary students.
– This is an industry driven program to create a pipeline for
students to enter post-secondary apprenticeship training.
Major Initiatives in Kentucky
Increase the percentage of students who are college/career
ready from 34% in 2010 to 67% by 2015.
– Reached 57% in 2013
– CTE plays a major role in making this happen
• 68% of our high school students take at least one CTE
• Schools need to focus on Career Pathways for all
students… and they are starting to realize that!
• 43.1% of our students pursue some type of
postsecondary education
• Focusing on Pathways and end-of-program
assessment to ensure students are better prepared
for their transition from high school
Major Initiatives in Kentucky
• Assessment of Preparatory Seniors with
WorkKeys in 2014.
– Funding provided by the Office of
Employment and Training and the Workforce
Development Cabinet.
– Approximately 20000 students eligible to test.
Where we’ve been…
• Following the 1996 National Education
Summit, the Workforce Development Cabinet,
Kentucky Department of Education, and the
Economic Development Cabinet were given
the charge by the Governor to assemble
business and industry representatives to
develop standards in high demand
occupational areas.
Where we’ve been…
• Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards and
Assessments (KOSSA) – a tool to assess
technical skill attainment required under
Perkins legislation
• Development, Adoption, Adaptation of
standards began in 1998
• Assessment implementation began in 2000
with 7 assessment areas and approximately
5400 students.
Where we’ve been…
• Special project with CTECS to guide the
development of industry based skill standards
specifically in the areas of manufacturing and
• Established a model for development of skill
standards as assessments in Kentucky
• Re-established CTECS membership in 2008
Where we’ve been…
• Standards were established in three broad
– Academic
– Employability
– Occupational
• Assessment items were developed based on industry
identified standards
• Curriculum was aligned to the Kentucky
Occupational Skill Standards
• CCR Model
• KOSSA and Industry Certifications
• Identification of Students
• CCR Model
• KOSSA and Industry Certifications
• Identification of Students
College Ready
– English - 18
– Mathematics - 19
– Reading - 20
Career Ready
• WorkKeys (NCRC)
• Industry Certificates
• Applied Math
• Locating Information
• Reading for Information
WorkKeys & ASVAB
 WorkKeys – National Career Readiness Certificate
 Silver Certificate or higher—National Career
Readiness Certificate
 Testing in three areas: Applied math, Locating
Information and Reading for Information
 Also part of Work Ready Communities
 ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
 50 AFQT (Armed Forces Qualifying Test)
 Effective for 2011-2012 school year
KOSSA & Industry Certifications
 Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessments (KOSSA)
 Recognized, endorsed, or required by industry in KY
 Written and verified by KY industry partners
 Aligned with state and/or national standards when possible
 End of program assessment related to career pathway
 Student must be preparatory (completed two credits and
enrolled in third credit course in a preparatory program)
 Industry Certification
 Recognized, endorsed, or required by industry
 Written and verified by national or state industries
 Aligned with state and/or national standards
 End of program assessment related to career pathway
 Student must be preparatory (completed two credits and
enrolled in third credit course in a preparatory program)
College and Career Ready
• College Ready Academic
• Career Ready Technical
– KOSSA or Industry Certificate
Identifying Students
• Program Area and CIP Code
• Senior Preparatory Students in those programs
where assessments are available
• Need to be assessing all students who are eligible if
they are not taking an approved industry certification
• Sophomore and Junior Preparatory Students who
assess will not be included for reporting until their
senior year
Preparatory Student Defined
• Reported in TEDS as Preparatory in
a Pathway
• A student who has completed two
credits and is enrolled in at least the
third credit of a career major.
• Programming may be offered at
ATC, CTC, high school and/or
KOSSA Strategies
• Ensure curriculum is aligned to identified skill standards
• Ensure standards are being addressed across the
sequence of courses a student must take to be
identified as a Preparatory Student
• Incorporate academic and employability skills across
CTE and academic curriculum
– Foundational Academic and Employability Skills are
essential for ALL students
– Occupational or technical skills are specific to
KOSSA Strategies
• And finally…
We will have the performance data
for students and programs at the
standard level to drive instruction
and program improvement!
Where we are today…
• 26 standards and assessment areas
• 7-10 new pilot areas in 2014
• To date Active Enrollments: 175,538
• Preparatory Students: 35,943
Where we are today and
where we are going…
• Embarking on new development in many areas
due to CCR
– Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
• South Carolina
• Virginia
• Nevada
• And others will be joining the list to move
our work along
Pamela Moore
Systems Consultant IT – KOSSA
Office of Career and Technical Education
Kentucky Department of Education
[email protected]

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