The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards

This paper analyzes 18 sets of industry-based standards to determine how well they match up to the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a set of standards built on the foundation of the National Career Clusters® Framework. This resource provides actionable information to state and local CTE leaders as they think through how they use industry-based standards within the context of a comprehensive program of study.

The paper finds that the industry-based standards, on average, were not well aligned with the CCTC and that the majority of standards did not address the 12 Career Ready Practices, such as "communicate clearly, effectively and with reason." Many industry standards, however, did align well with the Career Pathway-level standards. Industry-based standards alone cannot make up a program of study as they often fail to address the broader career exploration skills, as well as key cross-cutting "employability" skills.

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July 2014