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Forty-One States and DC Declare Support for Development of Shared Set of CTE Standards

Contact: Erin Uy, euy@careertech.org, 301-588-9630 (office), 301-641-9358 (cell)

Standards Education and Industry Experts Collaborate on Design of Standards

SILVER SPRING, MD, March 26, 2012 - State leaders from across the nation are uniting to spearhead an initiative to develop a Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a set of shared state standards for Career Technical Education (CTE).

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) is coordinating the state-led effort, which will complement and support comprehensive college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

The CCTC will build a common connection among states to help prepare CTE students for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs. Forty-one states, Washington, DC and Palau have signed a declaration of support for the CCTC initiative, pledging their involvement in the development stage.

“State leaders in Career Technical Education (CTE) recognize that the nation is in need of comprehensive learning experiences that truly provide students with both rigorous knowledge and advanced skills to secure a job and thrive in today’s global economy,” said Kimberly Green, NASDCTEc Executive Director.

“We must start by setting a clear bar for CTE that reflects the standards of economic demands. The Common Career Technical Core will identify exactly what students will need to know and do to succeed in their careers. “

A range of stakeholders from business and industry to educators will be involved in the multi-step process to develop the CCTC. The development of the standards will be led by working groups made up of state-nominated experts from a variety of sectors. Their involvement will help ensure that the CCTC reflects the timely education and workforce needs of today’s global economy.

The working groups convened for the first time this week. Later in the spring, NASDCTEc will seek public comment on the draft standards. Final standards are scheduled for public release in June 2012, at which point states will move individually to adopt and implement the CCTC.

More information about the CCTC can be found at http://www.careertech.org/career-technical-education/cctc/

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