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Model Curriculum Project

End of Program Assessment and Career Pathways / Model Curriculum Project  
Indiana Association of Career and Technical Districts (IACTED)

Career and Technical Education has long had a positive impact on Indiana students. Over the last decade, more and more schools have aligned academic and career courses into career majors, career academies and career pathways to help more students succeed.

The Indiana Career Pathways initiative builds on this success. Courses are aligned in a sequence to help students navigate through their secondary years so they are well-prepared to succeed in their postsecondary pursuits of college and a career.

  • Business, industry, postsecondary and secondary representatives fro around the state are collaborating to determine what courses should be included in each Pathway
  • New courses are being created and existing courses revised based on what colleges and businesses say students need to know to succeed
  • Course sequences are standardized and implemented statewide to ensure consistency and clarity
  • Each Pathway requires an “end of program” assessment that results in college credits, certificates or credentials that provide further proof of a student’s readiness for success 

Project 1: EOP Assessment Project

1. Implement the 4-Year Plan to Phase in Assessments. Plan to include:

a. programs to assess each year and recommended assessment (s)

b. priority for assessments is to be third-party certifications

c. determining future source of funding for the assessments and Technical Certificates

d. updating CTE administrators and others

e. data collection (including # of concentrators, completers and pass rates), and sharing

f. professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators

Assessments will be implemented in alignment with the release of completed Career Pathways. Assessments tentatively scheduled to be Implemented include:

2009-10 – Automotive, Construction, Drafting & Design, Architectural Drafting, Machine Tool, Administrative and Business Management, Finance, Management, Education, Early Childhood, Lodging, Travel & Tourism, Culinary

2010-2011 – Information Technology, Nursing, Biotechnology, Health Science Occupations (excluding Dental and Pharmacy), Dental, Pharmacy, Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services, Electronics, Welding, Advanced Manufacturing, Maintenance and Repair, Building Trades Maintenance, Masonry, Plumbing, Residential Wiring, HVAC, Electrician, Fire Science

Future- 2011 and beyond –Agriculture, Consumer Services, Commercial Art, Printing, Commercial Photography, Visual Arts, Audio & Video Technology, Radio & TV, Marketing & Sales, Entrepreneurship, Bio-medical, Culinary, Automotive Collision, Journalism and Broadcasting, Aircraft Operations, Family & Community Services, Cosmetology, Aviation, Diesel, Logistics Project 2: Career Clusters, Career Pathways (Programs of Study), and Model Curriculum

Objectives: The objectives of this project include:

  • To develop Indiana CTE Career Pathways (programs of study) based on High Wage, High Skill and High Demand Indiana occupations
  • To develop model curriculum for new and revised courses needed for the Career Pathways that includes a course description, course content topics, standards, competencies/objectives, assessment measures, teacher requirements, recommended EOP assessments and sample syllabus for each course.
  • To transform secondary CTE programs into courses in order to facilitate dual credit opportunities via alignment with post-secondary courses.
  • To ensure that there are measurable standards and competencies/ objectives for each course/program.
  • To organize the curriculum by Career Pathways (Programs of Study)
  • To align curriculum to Indiana’s workforce needs.
  • To identify the priority Career Pathways (Programs of Study) for Indiana.
  • To align the Indiana career pathways with the EOP assessments required by the Perkin’s legislation.
  • To set the expectation that all courses/programs would follow the Indiana curriculum.
  • To identify post-secondary courses that are aligned with the secondary course/program if appropriate.
  • To work with post-secondary institutions to develop statewide dual credit agreements.
  • To include core academics aligned to Indiana Standards in each curriculum.
  • To include 21st Century Skills in each curriculum.
  • To provide Career Pathways (Programs of Study) that includes opportunities for both secondary and adult students.
  • To provide the opportunity for test-out for both secondary and adult students