Career and Technical Education

Accountability and CTE

Published: 4/8/2019 10:22 AM

Kentucky’s proposed accountability system strongly reflects the Kentucky Board of Education’s (KBE’s) vision that each and every student is empowered and equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to pursue a successful future. Kentucky’s accountability system provides students with multiple, meaningful opportunities to engage in pathways that build awareness of career opportunities, provide real-world instruction and lead to credentials with labor market value.

The accountability model spotlights CTE as a viable means to a high school diploma and preparation for postsecondary training and career by including opportunities for students to obtain a strong academic foundation along with career and technical content.

The proposed accountability system supports the Commonwealth’s overall strategy to grow the state’s economy and improve workforce development, so that Kentucky is able to attract new employers and successfully fill jobs statewide with well-educated and highly skilled Kentuckians.


Career Readiness Overview

There are multiple avenues for a student to become career ready:


Transition Readiness Indicator
The Transition Readiness indicator demonstrates that the student has attained the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to successfully transition to the next level of his or her education career. There are different expectations for the demonstration of transition readiness for elementary, middle and high school levels. The high school level will also include any English Learner who received services during high school. An explanation of how Transition Readiness will be used in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 accountability system is included in the video.


Industry Certifications
Kentucky has a clearly defined process to ensure industry-recognized credentials are practical, relevant, and that they align with career pathways.  The valid industry certification list is based on information provided by local workforce investment boards (WIBs), reviewed by multiple business and industry groups, presented to the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) Business and Education Alignment Committee and approved by the KWIB.


Career and Technical Education End-of-Program Assessment for Articulated Credit (formerly known as KOSSA)
In order to ensure that career and technical education students have acquired the skills necessary for successful transition from high school to postsecondary studies or the workforce, Kentucky has initiated a Skill Standards, Assessment, and Certification System.  This system is based upon clear and concise standards identified by employers across the state which culminates in a performance based training and assessment system.


Dual Credit
Students who score a grade of B or higher in two KDE approved CTE dual credit courses will be identified as career ready.  Approved dual credit for CTE must be taken within a single KDE-approved secondary CTE program area in which the student is enrolled and must align to the CTE course standards.


KDE/Labor Cabinet Approved Apprenticeship (Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky)
Students enrolled in a TRACK Pre-Apprenticeship or Youth Apprenticeship who receive the TRACK certificate will be identified as career ready.


KDE-Approved Exceptional Work Experience
“Exceptional work experience” is demonstrated by a secondary student who proves recognition, achievements, growth, and essential skills through a work experience beyond traditional work-based learning by demonstrating knowledge, exposure, and/or skills that are aligned with a Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) approved industry-recognized certification(s) or End-of-Program exam in a similar area as the work experience.


Opportunity and Access Overview

There are multiple components for schools under opportunity and access:


Middle School Career Exploration
All middle school students are expected to have access to and the opportunity to take a career exploration standards-based course in Career and Technical Education during their 6th through 8th grade years.


Career Pathway Completion
High school graduates that complete four credits from valid courses within a single KDE approved CTE program of study are identified as completers.  Career Pathway Completion will be determined by the percentage of total student graduates that complete a CTE program of study.


Work Ethic Certification
Work ethic certification is a process by which a student is assessed based upon his/her demonstration of essential skills and workplace readiness.  These are the foundational abilities that include attendance, positive dispositions, and communication needed to successfully complete academic or workplace responsibilities as demonstrated through a variety of co-curricular learning and leadership experiences.  The document detailing the requirements for the work ethic certification will be released soon.

Kiley Whitaker 
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286 Ext. 4217
Fax (502) 564-4800

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