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CTE Glossary of Terms


Academic Alignment The connection between career technical education (CTE) standards and core curriculum standards and core curriculum standards.  The alignment is intended to show how CTE standards can enhance, reinforce, or provide an application for a specific academic subject standard.

Advisory committee or council

A group of business, industry, and community representatives providing technical support and expertise to educators on the design, development, content, operation, evaluation, and revision of CTE programs.

“a – g” Subject Requirements

Subject-area admission requirements created by the University

of California’s Academic Senate and adopted by both the University of California system

and the California State University system. Fifteen year-long courses in the areas of (a) History–Social Science, (b) English, (c) Mathematics, (d) Laboratory Science, (e) Languages Other Than English, 

(f ) Visual and Performing Arts, and (g) College Preparatory Electives make up the full a–g complement of courses. Courses must be certified by the university as meeting the requirements and added to the school’s UC-certified course list to fulfill a–g admissions requirements.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

A 1990 federal law that prohibits discrimination toward individuals with disabilities and guarantees equal

access and equal opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

An instructional delivery system established in California by the Shelley-Maloney Apprenticeship Labor Standards Act of 1939. It is a relationship between an employer and an employee during which the worker, or apprentice, learns an occupation in a structured program sponsored by a single employer, employer associations, or a jointly sponsored labor and management association.

Apprenticeship program An instructional program that contain apprenticeship standards  committee rules and regulations, related supplemental instruction, course outlines, and policy statements for the administration of an apprenticeable occupation.
Apprenticeship Program Sponsor A single employer, an employers' association, or a joint labor and management association sponsoring an apprenticeship program sponsors and employers develop standards, evaluate work-sit conditions, determine the availability of facilities, review equipment, identify skilled workers to serve as trainers, and schedule work.
Apprenticeship program standards
Procedures for the fair and equal selection, employment, and training of apprentices developed by apprenticeship program sponsors.
Articulation Agreement A written a program that is designed to provide students with a nonduplicative sequence of progressive achievement leading to technical skills proficiency, a credential, a certificate or a degree and is linked through credit transfer agreement between the two institutions.
California Partnership Academy A career academy that has been approved in March 2008 by both the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, establishes the vision, goals, and essential elements of a world-class career technical education system.
Career Pathway A pathway that is unique to an industry sector, has an occupational focus, consists of similar functions, includes standards that demonstrate sequence potential, and is reasonable and appropriate for high school students.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Nationally focused academic standards that were adopted by California in 2010 (and by 44 other states as of December 2012).  The CCSS for English language arts and mathematics provide the same standards for all students, allowing them to receive a good education even if they change schools or move to a different state.  Teachers, parents, and education experts designed to CCSS to prepare students for both college and the workplace.
Core Indicators Perkins-identified areas where student performance must be measured
Industry Sector A group of companies that operate in the same segment of the economy and share a common business, business activities, or characteristics.  The 15 industry sector groups organize CTE programs to align with California's top-employing business segments.
Integrated Curriculum A blend of standards and content from two or more core academic subjects, with CTE content bringing relevance and providing applications that add meaning to subjects that can be abstract.
Model Curriculum Standards Essential knowledge and skills that students are expected to master upon completion of curriculum designed by local schools and districts.
Rigor/Relevance Framework A tool developed by the International Center for Leadership in Education that blends knowledge and application in a matrix format.  The framework offers instructional guidance that aims to strengthen student achievement.
Sequence of Learning The organization of standards into a logical sequence of coursework that begins with more general content and gradually increases to include career-specific content.
Standards for Career Ready Practice Standards that all students are expected to master prior to completing high school.  They reflect the level of preparation expected by business and industry, labor, community agencies and organizations, and post-secondary educational entities.
Work-based Learning An education strategy that links classroom instruction to work-related experiences, aims to increase students' technical skills and knowledge, and helps shape career decision making.  Work-based learning is offered on campuses or in community locations and includes explorations, job shadowing, simulations, student-led enterprise, service learning, community classroom or cooperative education, internships, and apprenticeships.