Program Approval

Overview

Program approval standards have been developed to assist in evaluating Career and Technical Education programs throughout the state. Quality CTE programs are those, which meet program standards based on the provided quality indicators. The goal of the evaluation process is to assist in improving programs. Documentation for each standard must be available upon request, where appropriate.

This information is to be used as the basis for the following processes:

  1. Program self-evaluation, improvement, goal setting, and long-range planning
  2. Onsite reviews/visits
  3. Annual CTE program evaluation reporting
  4. Six-year CTE program approval

As a College and Career Awareness team, instructors are to determine ratings for the following quality indicators. Programs with identified deficiencies will be asked to develop a CTE Program Improvement Plan.

College and Career Awareness Evaluation Document

Achievement Ratings

Using the Achievement Ratings Scale, enter the number that best describes the degree to which your school meets the quality indicators for the program standards.

4 – indicates Superior quality
Exceeds program standards.

3 – indicates Good quality
Meets program standards. Additional technical assistance not necessary. Indicated areas could be improved.

2 – indicates Minor Improvement needed
Falls below program standards. Demonstrates limited effectiveness. Additional technical assistance and /or resource utilization is required.

1 – indicates Major Improvement needed
Little or no effectiveness. A great deal of technical assistance is an immediate need.

Requirements

1. College and Career Awareness program requirements are met:

  • All instructors and counselors are licensed and appropriately endorsed.
  • Team meetings are held regularly at least three times a year
  • College and Career Awareness is a full year program, approximately 180 days.
  • College and Career Awareness is a standalone program.
  • The program is taught in seventh grade as per Utah State Board Rule.
  • All seventh graders in the school receive the course.
  • UtahFutures.org is an integral part of the College and Career Awareness program

2. The College and Career Awareness program is taught in a trimester or quarter system.

3. What is the average class size? Is it appropriate for the safety of students while using equipment?

4. Work-Based Learning coordinators meet with the team at least twice during the year and assist in planning or giving resources to the team.

5. Use of budget is for student supplies and equipment in the College and Career Awareness program. Review the expenditures.

6. Implementation Plan and End of Year Summary are submitted on time and complete.

7. All teachers of the program have attend all four days (overview plus each program area) of College and Career Awareness training. School counselors have attended training for their portion of the curriculum.

Standards

Standards 1, 2 and 3
Career Development Applications are taught in designated groups at designated times during the year. School counselors teach 5 of the CDAs. (17 Cass Periods)

Standard 4
Students will explore skills, knowledge and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in Agriculture and are taught with the Utah State Board of Education identified lesson plans. (17 Class Periods)

Standard 5
Students will explore skills, knowledge and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in Business and Marketing and are taught with the Utah State Board of Education identified lesson plans. (17 Class Periods)

Standard 6
Students will explore skills, knowledge and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in Family and Consumer Sciences and are taught with the Utah State Board of Education identified lesson plans. (17 Class Periods)

Standard 7
Students will explore skills, knowledge and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in Health Science and are taught with the Utah State Board of Education identified lesson plans. (17 Class Periods)

Standard 8
Students will explore skills, knowledge and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in Digital Media, Computer Science and Information Technology and are taught with the Utah State Board of Education identified lesson plans. (17 Class Periods)

Standard 9
Students will explore skills, knowledge and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in Technology and Engineering, and Skilled and Technical Education and are taught with the Utah State Board of Education identified lesson plans. (23 Class Periods)

Standard 10
Students will explore skills, knowledge and concepts related to Project-Based Learning and are taught with the Utah State Board of Education identified lesson plans. (5-7 Class Periods Each Quarter or Trimester)