Academic Excellence Through Career & Technical Education
Career and technical education students in selected schools are equaling or outperforming college-prep students on state math, science and English tests. What these schools have done can be replicated in most CTE programs -- leading to similar success.
The schools compared the academic standards/benchmarks in their state to what was actually on the state tests in English, math and science. Often, a relatively small portion of the standards/benchmarks made up a majority of the test questions. They then embedded this content in their CTE curricula and trained their CTE teachers to cover them.
Not surprisingly, when taught these high-priority standards in an applied setting, the CTE students learned them well.
Academic Excellence Through Career and Technical Education can help your CTE programs accomplish the same thing. It incorporates the Curriculum Matrix, which correlates your state standards in math, science, and English language arts to the state testing program and to a national survey of the essential skills that graduates need in their post-school lives. In this kit, the Curriculum Matrix has been expanded to show which English, math and science test priorities can be addressed in each CTE area.
The kit also includes staff development activities, Gold Seal Lessons that integrate academics in CTE courses and video presentations for awareness and program planning.
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