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CTE Courses: Creating Commonality With SCED


Many thanks to the SCED project volunteers for their participation and dedication to the “CTE Courses: Creating Commonality with SCED” project to update CTE courses within the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED).

The CTE recommendations were submitted to NCES in January 2013. NCES engaged a variety of stakeholders in 2013 and 2014 to review these recommendations and provide input, resulting in SCED version 2. Current SCED resources are available at http://nces.ed.gov/forum/SCED.asp.

We hope this is just the beginning of a collaborative process of periodic revisions of CTE courses in the SCED.

Background Information and Project Process

What if there were voluntary common standards for secondary CTE course names and definitions that would:

  • enable comparison of course offerings among districts and states?
  • facilitate the use of electronic student transcripts?
  • support longitudinal student information systems?
  • encourage interoperability of student information and other data management systems by providing a standard for education software designers and vendors?
  • reduce the cost and burden of transcript studies?
  • encourage the use of course-taking information in research and evaluation of student outcomes?

This could help level the education playing field for CTE.

How can this happen?

  • The U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has engaged with the CTE community to participate in updating the Secondary School Course Code Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED) (nces.ed.gov/pubs2007/2007341.pdf), a publication of NCES.
  • CTE course names and definitions need to be updated and aligned with each career cluster and possibly with the career pathways.

What does this project entail?

  • Recommend revisions to the 2007 SCED document in general
  • Recommend revisions to the subject areas and corresponding sub-headers to align with career clusters
  • Recommend revisions to the CTE courses, including course titles and descriptions
  • Recommend adding, changing and deleting courses

When does this project start?

  • We held our kick-off webinar Nov. 6, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT/12:00 p.m. MT/11:00 a.m. PT. The webinar was recorded and is posted here
  • Initial recommendations must be submitted to the National Center for Education Statistics by the end of the year.

Which organizations are supporting this work?

  • Association for Career and Technical Education
  • National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
  • Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

How do I participate in this opportunity?

  • The application period to serve on one of the advisory groups has closed and we are no longer accepting applications. The organizational team will select the volunteer members of the career cluster work groups and notify each applicant of the results.
  • If you would like more information or would like to know how you can get involved in the project in the future, please e-mail Catherine Imperatore at ACTE.

Materials for Working Groups

For those who could not attend the live webinar, an archived copy is available here

  • SCED Course Revisions and Crosswalks to Career Clusters/Pathways Worksheet: The final results of your working group's efforts, including recommended course revisions and deletions and new courses, will be recorded in this worksheet. It also includes recommendations from the organizational team on SCED Subject Area crosswalks to Career Clusters and Pathways. These are recommendations, and your working group should come to its own conclusions.
  • SCED Crosswalks to Career Clusters/Pathways: Recommendations from the organizational team on SCED Subject Area crosswalks to Career Clusters and Pathways. These are recommendations, and your working group should come to its own conclusions.
  • Workgroup Roster

Background on SCED:

These resources may be helpful to your working group:

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