State Board approves Ohio’s first career-tech report card

On Tuesday, May 14, the State Board of Education unanimously approved an Ohio Career-Technical Education (CTE) Report Card for 2012-2013.   Ohio’s new CTE accountability system is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation to go beyond the secondary career-tech accountability requirements as defined by the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.

The 2012-2013 Ohio CTE Report Card, to be published in late summer,  will contain data related to Career-Technical Education Concentrators from the graduating class of 2011, and will be issued for each of Ohio’s 91 career-technical planning districts (CTPDs). The five components are highlighted below.

Report Card Components

With the exception of 4-year Graduation Rate and 5-year Graduation Rate, all calculations mirror what is used for Federal Perkins accountability and can be found on the Office of Career-Technical Education Web. The 4-year and 5-year Graduation Rates measure the proportion of Career-Tech Concentrators who graduated within 4 and 5 years of beginning 9th grade. Students must be concentrators by the end of their 4th year of high school to be included in these graduation rates.

Post-Program Placement, 4-year Graduation Rate, and 5-Year Graduation Rate will be graded on the first CTE Report Card. Graduation Rates will be graded using the same grading schema as the Local Report Card, shown below.

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The grading schema for Post-Program Placement has two pieces; the first piece is the Placement Rate calculation, and the second piece is the Status Known Rate . The Status Known Rate reflects the proportion of CTE Concentrators Who Left School for whom follow-up data was reported during the March (D) reporting period.

The Placement Rate calculation will mirror the Perkins calculation, and initial grades will be determined using the cut points below.

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Once the initial grade has been determined, CTPDs with Status Known Rates of 95% or above will have their Placement grade increased by one letter grade. CTPDs with Status Known Rates between 85% and 94.9% will see no change in their initial grade. CTPDs with Status Known Rates below 85% will have their Placement grades decreased one letter grade.

Additional components, measures, and grades will be added to the CTE Report Card over time. Information regarding report cards for 2014 and beyond will be made available after receiving State Board approval, likely in late 2013.

Federal Perkins accountability remains unchanged, and is not affected by CTE Report Card results.

Next week, Emily Passias from the Office of Career-Technical Education will hold three conference calls to discuss the details of the report card. The dates and times for those calls are:

  • Wednesday, May 22 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Thursday, May 23 from 8:00am-9:00am
  • Friday, May 24 from 2:30pm-3:30pm

Additionally, the Office of Career-Technical Education will address questions related to the report card during weekly one-hour conference calls — Noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday, starting June 5 and continuing through the middle of August.  Educators and others seeking information and with questions can participate in the calls. To participate in the calls, dial (866) 551-1530 and use pin number 7398417#.

Questions about the CTE Report Card? Email us at ctereportcard@education.ohio.gov.