Each test has specific requirements such as prerequisites, test length, performance skills, etc. Online testing is set-up and administered by the teacher.
It is important that tests are administered in a consistent manner and that every effort is made to maintain high ethics. Any violation to the testing rules and procedures for giving Skill Certificate tests will be considered a breach of professional ethics and will be referred to the Professional Practices Commission.
Performance evaluation is a required component of the Skill Certificate process. Each student must be evaluated on the required performance skills. Performance skills may be completed and evaluated anytime during the course. Please note that the performance skills for each test can be found within the strands and standards document for the corresponding CTE course.
All teachers are required to read and agree to the terms of the Instructor Agreement located on the Precision Exams testing website.
Below are things for instructors to remember:
Students who achieve a 3 or 4 (moderately to highly skilled) or an 80% (moderately to highly skilled) on all performance skills and 80% on the written test will be issued an Career and Technical Education Skill Certificate. Reports and certificates will be available through the online testing system.
Note: Certification for licensure and national test information is given under the program area and title of certification or licensure.
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) serves special populations as defined by the federal Perkins V: The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. The local education agency (LEA) is responsible for providing special testing accommodations according to the terms outlined in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan.
For LEAs who need assistance, USBE and YouScience have established protocols regarding accommodation arrangements. Please refer to the “CTE Accommodations and Accessibility Exams Guidance” document for more information.
Students who have been officially designated as English Language Learners (ELL), enrolled on or after April 15 of the current school year, and are new to the United States (first year of enrollment) are exempt from all state tests.
Parents have the right to opt their children out of any testing required by or facilitated through the Utah State Board of Education. In addition, students over 18-years old also have a right to opt-out of a state-level test with no academic penalty resulting for the student.