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NOCTI

ACTE sat down with John Foster, President & CEO of NOCTI, after the ACTE Awards Banquet during CareerTech VISION

For more than 45 years, NOCTI, a not-for-profit organization, has served as the nation’s largest provider of technical skills assessments (TSA) spanning the full spectrum of CTE programs, with more than 80 standardized tests. NOCTI commits to measuring the effectiveness of the design and delivery of CTE and has achieved this by working closely with CTE directors in several states on projects, including customized test development, integrated academic alignment and professional development related to CTE program improvement.

While working with the National Research Center for CTE, NOCTI researched and developed a professional development program (CTEDDI) that helps teachers use TSA data linked to state academic and technical standards to improve classroom instruction and increase student achievement. As one of the founding members of the United States of America Technical and Vocational Education and Training consortium led by ACTE, NOCTI has worked to promote the export of TVET goods and services around the world. NOCTI’s promotion of CTE also extends to sponsoring ACTE’s Techniques magazine and hosting their own CTE awards and video contests.

After a 2012 collaboration with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), an extensive evaluation of NOCTI’s assessments resulted in college credit recommendations for students meeting a 70 percent benchmark on any of the approved 28 written assessments at more than 1,500 participating colleges and universities. Tina Grant, NCCRS Director, has credited this decision as a testament to NOCTI’s dedication to its product and customers, and the CTE community: “NOCTI has helped to further promote the very potent idea that college-level learning can take place outside of the college classroom and at any time in a person’s life and should be recognized and valued regardless.”

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