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CTE Assessments / Skill Validation

End of Pathway Assessments

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.

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Pre-PAC

The national AAFCS pre professional and assessment credential (PRE-PAC) is a portfolio of eleven third party standards-based  and industry recognized assessments to validate the  knowledge and skills in human services and family and consumer sciences related career fields.  

PRE-PAC recognized pathways:

  • Family, Community and Consumer Services (FCCS)
  • Education and Training
  • Early Childhood Development and Services
  • Restaurant and Event Management
  • Visual Arts—Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design

Health Science Consortium

Based on the National Health Science Standards and Objectives, the National Health Science Assessment (NHSA) is available via an online testing system that provides both pre- and post-testing opportunities and reporting services.  The NHSA tests student’s knowledge over Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Biotechnology Research & Development that are taught at the secondary level.  This assessment is designed for 12th grade students who have completed the Health Science pathway and have an interest in pursuing a career in the health area.

Skill Validation

Kansas Pathway Assessments and Credentials (K-PAC)

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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