Ohio CTE winding up quality program review pilot

Six Career-Technical Planning Districts (CTPDs) participated in the preliminary testing of the instrument for draft quality standards for Ohio secondary career-tech programs. During this phase that ends in May, the CTPDs convened appropriate staff and other stakeholders to determine if the draft instrument serves the purpose of evaluating programs for continuous growth.

Prompted in part by Ohio House Bill 59, the program review process will occur for Career-Based Intervention programs during the 2014-2015 school year. The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education, will apply the program review process to the 15 career field and family and consumer sciences programs in the following (FY2016) school year.

Participants in this input phase are as follows: Penta Career Center (Perrysburg), Pickaway-Ross Career Technology Center (Chillicothe), Tri-County Career Center (Nelsonville), Tri Star Career Compact (Celina), Upper Valley JVSD (Piqua), and Warren County Career Center(Lebanon).

The 10 standards in the 25-page draft are: Instructional Facilities and Resources; School and Community Relations; Program Planning and Evaluation; Quality Educators that Contribute to the Profession; Curriculum and Program Design; Instruction; Assessment; Experiential Learning Experience Programs; Leadership Development/Career-Technical Student Organizations; and Student Access.

“Districts field testing the standards tool for us have been overwhelmingly supportive of this opportunity to drive local program improvement with a common vision,” said Steve Gratz, senior executive director, Office of Career-Technical Education. “The instruments standards, indicators and criteria accentuate what is needed for a program to reach the exemplary level. The benefits are that a student is better prepared for college and careers.”