For several decades, Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been evolving. No longer offering only traditional vocational education, CTE now offers a diverse range of subjects and career fields, including a number of science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) subjects. In addition, the distinction between CTE and academic programs is slowly disintegrating as integrating academic content into CTE has become a national education priority.
CTE has become an indispensable lever for improving students’ college and career readiness. CTE plays a powerful role in preventing students from dropping out and provides a variety of opportunities for postsecondary success and employment, including pathways to a bachelor’s degree. CTE also can help all students achieve the objectives of the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) through authentic, applied learning experiences. In short, CTE is a crucial change agent for the success of improving outcomes for all students.
Kansas utilizes the National Career Clusters® Framework. Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work. Tomorrows jobs will require additional knowledge, improved skills and highly flexible workers who continually update their knowledge and skills. Career Clusters link what students learn in school to the knowledge and skills they need for success in post-secondary education and careers. In Kansas secondary schools, 36 Career Pathways are offered, spanning across all 16 Career Clusters. For specific illustration check out the: Kansas Career Clusters & Pathways Model. (PDF)
KSDE – CTE is a collaborative state partner in the Career Pathways Assessment System™ (cPass®). The goal of cPass is to offer a way to measure high school students' readiness for postsecondary education or entry into the workforce. Rather than focusing on academic skills alone, cPass also measures the knowledge and skills needed for specific career pathways.
KSDE CTE Long-Term Goals:
- Providing Quality Professional Development
- Developing and Sustaining Partnerships
- Keeping Pathway standards relevant, rigorous and reflective of current business/industry standards or practices
- Provide valid, reliable CTE data to schools in a timely manner