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									CTE August 2009 Update
Pat Huston, Editor

               Leadership Notes | State News | Resources, Facts, Trends
                            News from You | Quotables

                               Highlights Within This Issue

                                     Leadership Notes
Meaning of „College and Career Ready‟
                                           State News
House Bill 1 Education Summary                   National Status with Perkins Accountability
Fees Related to “Free Lunch”                     Deadline for Teacher of Year Nomination
Push to Use Statewide Credit Transfer
                                    Resources, Facts, Trends
How HB 1 Impacts Route B                         CTE Accountability Briefs
Finding Adult CTE Information                    Process to Hire CTE Teachers
Quality Middle School Information                Funding for Adult HS Continuation
                                         News from You
Four Career Centers Partner with New College
From All-Ohio Conference – Soundbites from Main Speakers

                                        Leadership Notes

What Do We Mean by „College and Career Ready‟?
By Kathy Shibley, Director
Office of Career-Technical Education
As I had the opportunity to be part of four different conferences during the last week in
July, I found myself reflecting on the popular term “college and career ready.” As you
know, this combination of words is showing up in many local, state and national contexts
and is becoming an important part of educators‟ discussions about programming,
performance and accountability. It seems to me that “college and career ready” can have
several meanings, and I find it helpful to analyze those meanings rather than take the
words at face value or assume an absolutely literal interpretation. The four emerging
meanings below are those I have observed to date.
    1. Add-On – In this approach, “college and career ready” is a term that simply adds
         the word “career” to “college-ready,” reflecting today‟s commonly recognized
         thought that a) workforce development within the educational system is important
         to economic recovery; and b) career-technical education represents the provision
         of multiple pathways to serve the varying needs of all students. The term in this
         instance does not really address career needs and outcomes. The positive here is
         that this approach makes the discussion more inclusive and politically correct.

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    2. Either/Or – In this approach, “college and career ready” is a term that uses the
       conjunction “and,” but it actually means “or” – that is, preparing students for
       college “or” career. The term in this instance addresses the needs of two different
       students, not a single student with the potential of two destinations. There is not
       an expectation that the same student will be prepared to go to college and enter
       the workplace when leaving high school. Instead, the college-bound and work-
       bound students are addressed in separate ways, acknowledging that students are
       different and are expected to attend college “or” enter the workplace. The positive
       here is that this approach recognizes that both are acceptable outcomes.
    3. Both – In this approach, “college and career ready” truly means preparation of
       students for college “and” career. The term in this instance ensures that any
       student is prepared to “both” attend college and to enter the workplace. Thus, the
       student is prepared to have the choice to do either or both without predetermined
       tracking or presumption of ability or motivation. The positive here is that this
       approach sets the stage for seeing career-technical education as a college pathway.
    4. Integrated – In this approach, the term “career” is not needed because the term
       “college” is sufficient to encompass career-technical education. This approach
       requires that secondary career-technical education be recognized as a viable
       postsecondary pathway, and all postsecondary career-technical education (i.e.,
       apprenticeships and adult workforce) be articulated statewide for college credit.
       This approach is rare. I believe it will require quite a bit of change in attitudes,
       expectations and integration of educational systems to become the norm.
Remember that a listener‟s response is based not only on what we say or how we say it,
but rather on the meaning made of it. As we see more and more research, engage in
discussion, and apply this “college and career ready” construct, I hope we can analyze
carefully the meaning behind it and come to common understandings. Additionally, I
hope we all actively participate in the conversations that will help us evolve to the most
beneficial approaches for our students.

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                                        State News

ODE Provides Updated Summary of New State Budget Bill
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has created a 13-page summary of the 700-
plus pages of education-related content in the newly adopted state budget, House Bill 1.
In addition to CTE funding language, the summary addresses the eventual replacement of
the Ohio Graduation Tests and notes the repeal of a requirement that measurement of
postsecondary enrollment options and Tech Prep be included on the Local Report Card.
To access the summary and other Ohio education budget information, click here or go to and keyword search: Education Reform Plan.

HB 1 Adds New Eligibility Language Regarding Pupil Fees
New language in HB 1 (section 3313.642) states that “no board of education of a school
district shall charge a fee to a pupil who is eligible for a free lunch…for any materials
needed …to participate fully in a course of instruction.” This section of HB 1 further

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states that the prohibition does not apply to extracurricular activities or pupil enrichment
program materials. A question has been raised concerning the applicability of the
amendment to the boards of education of joint vocational school districts (JVSD). Ohio
law indicates that the amendment to section 3313.642 does apply to JVSD boards.
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 3311.19(D), a JVSD board is subject to all the
provisions of law that apply to a city school district. The only exceptions are those
expressly set forth in Chapters 124, 3311, 3317, 3323, and 3331 of the Revised Code.

Statewide Credit Transfer System Expands Opportunities for Students
The validation centers for Ohio‟s Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT2 ) initiative offer
the only opportunity for statewide transfer of credits from secondary career-technical
programs to public, postsecondary institutions. In addition to locally articulated credit
agreements, CT2 opens doors for students to transfer credit to public adult and college
programs around Ohio. Schools are encouraged to submit program/course credit transfer
requests for the following 13 areas:
     Information Technology–Networking, Automotive Technology, Electrical
       Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Medical
       Assisting, Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing, First Responder, Emergency
       Medical Technician-Basic, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate,
       Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter I
       and Fire Fighter II.
Other program areas are being considered for addition to the CT2 process that is
coordinated through the Ohio Board of Regents. For more information about the
statewide credit transfer initiative, go to

USDOE Releases National Perkins IV Accountability Report
In late July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update on
how states are doing in relationship to performance indicators and program effectiveness
under the accountability requirements of the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical
Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) . The report, “Career and Technical Education: States
Have Broad Flexibility in Implementing Perkins IV,” cites technical skill attainment and
post-program placement as the two biggest performance indicator challenges among the
50 states.

Ohio is using both of USDOE‟s technical skill assessment recommendations: Use of
state-developed technical skill assessments (administered through Ohio State University‟s
Center on Education and Training for Employment) and industry certification or state
licensure exams. Like other states, Ohio also has post-program placement data challenges
largely related to tracking students after high school, but Ohio schools are increasingly
looking for new and creative ways to contact students for participation in the follow-up
survey, including searches through social networking sites.

To view the full report, go to

Sept. 30 Deadline Set for 2010 Ohio Teacher of the Year Nominations
Sept. 30 is the deadline to nominate candidates for the 2010 Ohio Teacher of the Year.

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School districts may submit up to three applications of outstanding classroom teachers
who plan to continue in an active teaching role. To view the application and details about
the selection process, click here or go to and search keywords:
teacher of year selection.

Dates to Remember
    2009 Ohio School Improvement Institute – The 10th annual institute that is focused on
       connections among middle grades, high school and college will be Nov. 19, 20, at the
       Columbus Renaissance. Registration is open now. For more information, go to
    2010 Ohio Economic-Education Summit – The 2010 summit will be at the Hyatt
       Regency, Columbus, Feb. 22-24, 2010. More details will be forthcoming. Questions in
       the interim can be addressed to
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                                Resources, Facts, Trends

How to Interpret CTE “Route B” Impact of New Budget Bill
Ohio House Bill 1 mandates a new licensure system for teachers in Ohio, including a
Resident Educator Program that provides for more formalized and standardized supports
(coaching, mentoring, etc.) for beginning teachers. The Office of CTE has created a one-
page document that details how the new system impacts the CTE Route B pedagogy
program whereby an individual can enter teaching from business and industry. To access
the document, click here or go to and keyword search: CTE
Teacher Preparation.

Where to Find Ohio Adult Career-Technical Information
With the exception of some performance, data and accountability information, Web
content for Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) and Adult Workforce Education
(AWE) is fully transferred to the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) Web. The administrative
ownership of AWE and ABLE was transferred from the Ohio Department of Education
(ODE) to OBR per the House Bill 119 legislation; these adult career-tech components are
part of the University System of Ohio plan.

For more information on ABLE, go to For more
information on AWE, go to For more
information on AWE performance, data and accountability, go to and keyword search: Adult Workforce Education or go to the
CTE Performance, Data and Accountability dropdown from the Ohio Department of
Education‟s Career-Tech section of its Web.

Where to Find Quality Middle School Information
The Ohio Schools to Watch (OSTW) Web site at ODE contains four new videos that
emphasize the four OSTW criteria of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness
to early adolescence, social equity in positive options for all students and organizational
structures and processes that support excellence. The videos funded by the Martha

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Holden Jennings Foundation and other information reinforce messages of philosophies,
strategies and activities that result in optimum middle-grade effectiveness. To learn more,
go here or go to and keyword search: OSTW.

Where to Find Other New CTE Information on the ODE Web
In addition to the items noted above, other CTE-related items new on the Ohio
Department of Education (ODE) Web ( in the past month are
these below. To access, click on the links or do a keyword search using the italicized text
with each item.
     Secondary Indicators of Performance Calculation Documentation, with
        definitions and explanation of how the indicators are calculated;
     Career Field Overview (updated contacts);
     Career-Technical Education (CTE) Accountability Briefs, which contains student
        definitions, indicators of performance and state performance targets for
        secondary, Tech Prep, adult and college;
     Hiring a Career-Technical Workforce Development Teacher, a step-by-step
        presentation that addresses both Route A and Route B qualifications and
     Adult High School Continuation, with updated materials on how schools can be
        reimbursed for programs that assist students age 16 and over and who are
        returning to school after previously dropping out; and
     External Grant and Award Opportunities, including a new one related to training
        in high-growth and emerging industries.
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                                     News From You

Four Career Centers Partner with New Ohio Community College
Four career centers are partnering with a new college – Eastern Gateway Community
College – to expand postsecondary education in eastern Ohio and the Mahoning Valley
region. The secondary education/career center partners are Trumbull Career and
Technical Center, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, Choffin Career
Center and Columbiana County Career and Technical Center. Eastern Gateway,
which will open its doors to students on Aug. 17, has 11 associate degree programs, six
certificate programs and more than 180 course selections.
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Comments at the Ohio ACTE Conference
The following quotes are from the 2009 All-Ohio Career, Technical and Adult Education
Conference (July 26-28). Further information about the conference, including the full text
of Superintendent Delisle‟s remarks, may be obtained through the Ohio Association for
Career and Technical Education Web at

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“It‟s the job training expertise you have as well as the certification and higher education
link that hold the answers. We no longer can afford to isolate career-technical education.”
– Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah S. Delisle

“CTE leadership needs to step up and be a voice for what should really be taught – based
on what will be used in the world of work.” – Bill Daggett, president, International
Center for Leadership in Education, based in New York.

“Less than 10 percent of Americans today make things for a living. They may be
designed here, but they are made somewhere else.” – Larry Prusak, executive director,
Institute for Knowledge Management, Massachusetts.

 “Either CTE sets the course or somebody will do it for us. One of CTE‟s biggest
challenges is that we talk about our subject areas, but not about CTE and not often
enough in one voice.” – Jan Bray, executive director, ACTE.
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