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This page provides educators with forms and other documents frequently used by Career And Technical Education teachers and administrators. For all other CTE resources or documents, see the Topics A-Z page.

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CTE Program Standards

Career and Technical Education is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, and then supports the learning of basic academic and life skills. It allows students to achieve high academic standards, gain leadership skills, explore options for high-skill, high-wage employment preparation, and encourages advanced and continuing education. (RCW 28C.04.100)

The Career and Technical Education Program Standards are designed to empower students to live, learn and work as productive citizens in a global society. CTE programs must meet standards established by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The CTE standards are designed to ensure high-quality, consistent and relevant CTE programs as essential components of educational and career pathways. These standards provide OSPI with approval guidelines for CTE courses and guide the development and continuous improvement of Career and Technical Education programs in local school districts.

Below is the guiding memorandum on CTE program Standards, sent to school superintendents, principals and Career and Technical Education directors on May 9, 2005. Also below are the program standards themselves, and several publications that summarize content from within the standards.

Engineering Design Technology, West Sound Technical Skills Center
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business, Management & Administration
Education & Training
Government & Public Administration
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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