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CTE and Advanced Placement: A Powerful Duo


July 26, 2013


CTE and Advanced Placement: A Powerful Duo

CTE and Advanced Placement® (AP) may seem worlds apart, but the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and the College Board are collaborating to show the relevance of AP courses and exams to the 16 Career Clusters®.

An analysis from the College Board and NASDCTEc, with input from state CTE directors, achieved consensus that AP English Language and Composition and AP Statistics courses and exams were relevant across the clusters, and almost every other AP exam was relevant for at least one cluster. NASDCTEc and the College Board have produced a companion document that matches up AP courses and exams to the clusters and pathways.

Yesterday, NASDCTEc hosted a webinar that delved into this topic on the ground. For instance, Washington has been piloting courses that meet standards for both AP and CTE in environmental science, studio art, psychology, computer science, macroeconomics and microeconomics. Teachers benefit from a mentor-mentee relationship with an experienced AP/CTE teacher, as well as professional development from the College Board. The state has also passed Substitute House Bill 1472, which declared AP Computer Science A as valid for a science or mathematics requirement. Speakers also noted potential CTE-relevant AP courses that have been proposed, including anatomy, physiology, accounting and engineering--the White House has expressed interest in this last one.

In addition to these resources, NASDCTEc is building a library of on-demand events on timely issues, starting with an on-demand presentation on Sequestration and one on Career Clusters 101.

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