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CTE Updates to the School Codes for the Exchange of Data


February 28, 2014


CTE Updates to the School Codes for the Exchange of Data

In January 2013, ACTE and its partners on the CTE Courses: Creating Commonality with SCED project submitted recommendations to update CTE courses within the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED). This initiative, overseen by Sharon Enright, formerly of the Ohio Department of Education, included input from ACTE, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, the U.S. Department of Education and, most importantly, CTE practitioners. Working groups of practitioners recommended edits, additions and deletions to bring the SCED course codes, names and descriptions more in line with the reality of high-quality CTE courses today and to better support longitudinal data systems and research on student outcomes.

SCED engaged a variety of stakeholders in the past year to review these recommendations and provide input. This collaborative process has resulted in draft SCED Version 2.0 Course Codes, which were recently released for public review at http://nces.ed.gov/forum/prdrafts.asp, including many of the updates recommended by the ACTE working groups.

Many thanks to the ACTE members who contributed to this project!

UPDATE April 2014: The final version of SCED 2.0 is available here as an Excel file, and NCES is finishing up a guide for using SCED 2.0.

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