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Question:   NEW Question: Are Career/Technial Education programs that are not included in the 2002 Courses of Study required to submit individually developed courses of study prior to undergoing the business/industry certification self-study and on-site review?

Answer:   Yes, any program that does not have an approved course of study in the 2002 Courses of Study document must present its locally developed course of study to the SDE for approval before the BIC review takes place. THE 2002-2003 COURSES OF STUDY MUST BE USED AS THE MODEL FOR LOCALLY DEVELOPED COURSES. IN ADDITION, A SYLLABUS THAT MEETS BUSINESS/INDUSTRY STANDARDS, A COURSE OUTLINE, AND JUSTIFICATION FOR THE COURSE MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SDE.


Question:   NEW Question: Can Career Discoveries be taught outside Grades 6-8?

Answer:   No, this course is designed for Grades 6-8.


Question:   NEW Question: What is the proper teacher certification for a teacher assigned to teach Career Discoveries and Career Explorations?

Answer:   The proper teacher certification is Technology Education; however, many teachers are assigend to teach these courses through Alternate Baccalaureate Certification because of the teacher shortage in this area of CTE.


Question:   NEW Question: Is "Project Lead the Way" a curriculum to be taught under Career Technologies or under Technical Education certification?

Answer:   Teachers who hold either of these teaching certificates can be approved to teach this curriculum.


Question:   NEW Question: How are academic courses defined for "related other" courses for an Advanced Diploma student?

Answer:   Any course outside the core curriculum as defined on a regular diploma.


Question:   NEW Question: Can two half-credit courses be combined for a full credit course? Must these courses be similar in nature?

Answer:   Yes, two half-credit courses can be combined for a full Carnegie unit. They are not required to be similar in nature. However, if two similar courses are combined AND the same students are going to remain in the course for 140 clock hours, content may be threaded between the courses to make them work together for a more seamless full credit couse.


Question:   NEW Question: What is the definition of AOD Cooperative Education?

Answer:   There is no program called AOD Cooperative Education. All standards apply to all students in Cooperative Education.


Question:   Can students go to the hospital or the medical, dental, or vet office in the clinical major class?

Answer:   Yes, look at the Health Science Cluster Crosswalk, page 423 in the Course of Study document.


Question:   What is the required course or courses for a student to be a completer or a concentrator?

Answer:   Refer to the Health Science Options Handout. Example: To be a completer a student must take Clinical Spectrum and a Clinical Major in any one (1) or two (2) credit combination to earn three (3) credits. (See Handout for other options.) A concentrator is a student earning two (2) credits in the sequenced Health Science program.


Question:   Could the optional course be the Health Science Continuum/Internship and be taken after the other two credits?

Answer:   Yes, this is an option. As in the past, there have been special circumstances where we have allowed seniors to be given credit for the advanced sciences. Sometimes seniors wait until the last year of school to realize they really do want to become a health care provider; without this option we could not serve these (usually exceptional) students in our program.


Question:   Please give an example of how the courses in the 1997 Course of Study compare/match up with the New Course of Study.

Answer:  
Foundations of Healthcare = Clinical Spectrum
 
Advanced Foundations of Healthcare = Clinical Spectrum Advanced
 
Healthcare Specialization = Health Science Majors
 
Healthcare Internships = Health Science Continuum/Internships


Question:   What is the status of embedded credit for math and science through career/technical education in light of "No Child Left Behind" NCLB?

Answer:   · Embedded credit for math and science is being challenged by the requirements of NCBL. As we know, academic credit in the core subjects, which include math and science, can only be awarded when taught by “highly qualified” teachers as defined by NCLB. Guidance has been issued to local superintendents of education in this regard. If students are currently on tract to receive embedded credit, they should finish the work to receive the embedded credit. If career/technical teachers hold a valid certificate for mathematics or an area of science and meet one of the other criteria applicable for middle/secondary teachers to use in verifying that they are highly qualified according to NCLB, then they are allowed to continue to offer embedded credit. Local education agencies should not allow any new students to start the process for earning embedded credit in a career/technical program unless the career/technical teacher meets the “highly qualified” definition under NCLB. · In the future, teachers meeting the highly qualified definition by passing the teacher test in math or science and, thus, meeting the definition may offer embedded credit. The teacher tests are not currently developed for math and science.


Question:   Why can't the State STI data collection system be used to collect the basic data that will be collected by the career/technical data collection system?

Answer:   We (career/technical education) have been integral to the planning for implementation of the STI state-wide data collection system . It is our intent that LEAs will only enter that data which is specific to career/technical education federal accountability as separate data fields.


Question:   Where can we find the vision, mission, and goals for career/technical education?

Answer:   Go to alsde.edu, click on sections, click on career/technical education, locate Director's Office, scroll down to "Vision, Mission, and Goals (CTE Strategic Plan)".


Question:   How much teacher experience should the educator on the team have?

Answer:   The educator should have a minimum of three years of teaching experience within the past six years in the program area being reviewed.


Question:   Can the LEA extend the core course beyond one-half credit?

Answer:   No. Additional content standards may be added to the 70-hour course, but the course time and/or credit cannot be extended.


Question:   Will the review team look at daily schedules for a full year.

Answer:   The review team will look at the current and previous year’s daily schedules, if needed for each full credit course to determine if a complete program is being offered.


Question:   If a teacher in a high school is teaching one course of a program and the remaining courses are taught at a career/technical center, does the teacher become part of the review at the career/technical center?

Answer:   Yes. The course taught at the high school will be a part of the program being reviewed at the career/technical center.


Question:   Can equipment be articulated?Yes.

Answer:   Documentation of articulation signed by articulating agency must be provided for the review team.


Question:   Can the local education agency be required to purchase new textbooks since textbook money is not budgeted from the state?

Answer:   No. Teachers are encouraged to use project-based lessons, bringing real world experiences into the classroom. However, LEAs have been notified that Perkins funds may be used to purchase textbooks in circumstances (proration) that are beyond the control of CTE personnel.


Question:   Will review teams be allowed to accept purchase orders as documentation of equipment, supplies, textbooks, etc. purchased for the program?

Answer:   No


Question:   If a teacher teaches a program that is unique to only their school, is that program and its related courses required to have courses of study approved by the State Department of Education oversight committee?

Answer:   Yes. An on-site review team cannot review a program for business/industry certification without an approved course of study.


Question:   To obtain the 40% required to meet the benchmark for the report card formula, do LEAs round up or down.

Answer:   Round up.


Question:   When will the Coordinated Studies lesson plans be reviewed in the following scenarios: A. Career/Technical teacher who is not a cooperative education coordinator teaches Coordinated Studies all day and has students from several different program areas. B. Career/technical teacher teaches occupation preparatory courses and Coordinated Studies.

Answer:   In each case, Coordinated Studies lesson plans must be reviewed when the first program area with a coordinated studies component comes up for review. Example: A teacher has students from agriscience, business/marketing, and welding, and agriscience and welding will go through their on-site review for BIC this year. If agriscience is scheduled as the first review of the year, the coordinated studies lesson plans are reviewed when the agriscience program is reviewed. Coordinated Studies lesson plans will only be reviewed once over the five-year cycle for any teacher.


Question:   How long should student records be kept?

Answer:   Student folders must be kept for 5 years. However, the archived student folders should contain only the documentation for student participation/achievement such as four-year plan with courses that are taken, documented and contact information so that follow-up can be accomplished. Archived folders are not required to contain student tests, assignments, etc. Strongly recommend that a chart showing safety instruction be kept for liability purposes.


Question:   When will teachers know when their BIC review will take place?

Answer:   The local career/tech director/administrator submits requested dates for the BIC review to the SDE. The SDE BIC Team Leader/facilitator will confirm dates. Once the date has been secured, the career/tech director/administrator is to notify the teacher(s).


Question:   Where can we get a copy of the BIC equipment list?

Answer:   A copy is available on the SDE Web site.


Question:   Why are we going through BIC?

Answer:   Business/Industry Certification (BIC) is a means of assisting career/technical education programs to improve by setting standards against which all programs can measure progress. BIC demonstrates commitment to quality, enhances the program's image, reflects achievement of teachers and students, establishes professional credentials, improves the opportunity for career development and advancement for program graduates, and validates quality.


Question:   Do we secure our own evaluation teams, and how far in advance?

Answer:   Yes. It is suggested that team members be contacted at least a month in advance to determine their eligibility and willingness to participate in the review process. Confirm their participation one week before the review. It is suggested to have a "back-up" team member ready to participate in the event that someone cancels.


Question:   What is the definition of live work?

Answer:   Work requested from outside the classroom (may be from community sources, school-based projects, etc.) to be conducted by students that relates to the knowledge and skills taught as part of a sequenced course of study.


Question:   There are three teachers in the FACS department (one teaching Family Life courses, one teaching Culinary Arts, and one teaching Early Childhood Education). Does each program need two business/industry representatives plus three educators, equaling nine members?

Answer:   Yes. BIC awards program certification, not department certification. In this specific case, there are three different program areas being taught, requiring each teacher to have a separate team for her review. The two business/industry representatives should have experience directly related to the program area being certified. The educator should have expertise in the program area and should be familiar with the course of study for the program being reviewed.


Question:   Do the BIC records need to be in a folder or notebook?

Answer:   Documentation should be aligned with the BIC review instrument in one notebook/box/folder plus one lesson plan notebook per course. The type of management system used is up to the teacher.


Question:   I am a new teacher and do not have an advisory committee. What do I need to do?

Answer:   A Handbook for Career/Technical Education Advisory Committee is available on the SDE Web site. This publication provides information on the purposes, organization, and management of a program advisory committee.


Question:   What is a CTSO?

Answer:   An organization that functions as an integral part of the career/technical education instructional program with a state and national affiliation that provides support for skill attainment and leadership development. Career/Technical Student Organization (Ex. DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA).


Question:   What happens to the individual programs if the administrator does not pass the review?

Answer:   Programs cannot receive their business/industry certification until the administrator has completed their section. If the administrator is being reviewed for several programs but has deficiencies that apply to only one, the program with deficiencies will not be certified until the deficiencies are cleared.


Question:   Do lesson plans have to be hard copy or can they be in electronic form?Electronic files are acceptable as long as all are available to be reviewed and are in easily accessible form.

Answer:   Electronic files are acceptable as long as all are available to be reviewed and are in easily accessible form.


Question:   Does the class average of 12-29 OR the previous three-year class average for each teacher of 12-29 refers to individual count or adjusted count?

Answer:   The class average can refer to the adjusted count but remember that students should only be counted twice if the student receives significant modifications. This means that the curriculum has to be significantly modified for the student and a Career/Technical Implementation Plan and IEP are on file.


Question:   Will funding exceptions regarding maintenance of effort, local maintenance, and travel be made for BIC under proration?

Answer:   No, funding exceptions will not be made. Maintenance of effort and local maintenance are legislated. Travel funds are available from the Program Improvement Grant that each system is eligible to receive.


Question:   How many business/industry awareness hours are required for a part-time teacher?

Answer:   The required amount for a 9-month teacher is 8 hours. It is not appropriate to prorate teacher preparation in the technical areas down to an amount that is not worthy of the effort.


Question:   In the first BIC cycle, the Business Program and the Marketing Program at the same school may have been reviewed in different years. Since Business/Marketing is now one program, when will they schedule their review date for re-certification?

Answer:   Business/Marketing will be reviewed as one program. They will schedule their review during the year that the first program (either Business or Marketing) obtained certification. Example: If Business was certified in school term 2000-2001 and Marketing was certified in school term 2002-2003, the review for the Business/Marketing Program will be scheduled for 2005-2006-five years from the first certification (2000-2001).


Question:   How long does a new program have to become certified?

Answer:   All new career/technical programs have three years (including the first year of implementation) to become certified to industry standards. Example: If a program begins in 2003-2004, then it must be certified to industry standards by the end of 2005-2006.


Question:   Can like programs within a system use the same advisory committee?

Answer:   No. Each program in each school must have a separate committee. Different programs have different goals and needs for their community and the students served.


Question:   What type of documentation can you use for interest inventory T5.1-04 Student Records?

Answer:   Documentation results of the system or school’s administered interest inventory.


Question:   How can you clear deficiency on T9.1 Business/Industry Awareness if a teacher did not receive all of the required hours during the scheduled time frame? Should they add on the additional hours on next year cycle?

Answer:   The teacher would need to complete the deficient hours from the previous year as well as the hours in the current year to be in compliance.


Question:   (1) Are team members allowed to ask other questions during interview? (2) If they are not satisfied with the answer, where do they document not satisfied?

Answer:   (1) Yes. (2) On the Recap Sheet under Needs Improvement.


Question:   Can interview questions and answers be presented in printed form in lieu of the interview?

Answer:   No.


Question:   What type of documentation can be used for a student’s planned course work (T5.1-04 Student Records b.) to complete his/her secondary path in career/technical education?

Answer:   A 4 year plan, a Pathway document adjusted to an LEAs course offerings, or writing the 3 career/technical courses the student plans to take.


Question:   In Quality Factor A2A.5.04 Checklist b. - Advisory Council and T2.1-04 Advisory Committee Checklist b., does past 12 months mean from review date?

Answer:   Yes.


Question:   Does self-guided study (reading and Internet research) that is documented and verified, qualify as Business/Industry Awareness?

Answer:   Yes. Administrative verification and new content knowledge that will be taught to students must be identified on the document.


Question:   Are there restrictions on the number of administrative reviews that an individual may participate in during a year?

Answer:   No.


Question:   Can a pre on-site review committee do the scheduled on-site review?

Answer:   It is not recommended.


Question:   Can the same team members serve each year on the Administrative review team?

Answer:   It is not recommended.


Question:   How many lesson plan books are needed when multi teachers teach the same course?

Answer:   All lesson plans for all courses taught should be checked. If multiple teachers are teaching the same course, only one set of lesson plans should be checked.


Question:   How many teachers participate in teacher interviews? Is it collectively or individually? If collective, must all contribute?

Answer:   All teachers are interviewed based on the best schedule for teachers and team members. May be individual or collective.


Question:   Will a new compliance form be developed and distributed that corresponds with the new BIC requirements? When will it be available?

Answer:   It will be available at the Director's meeting in October or before.


Question:   In the Administrator Review Section are we requiring documentation for the programs that are up for BIC the current year? For example: A1A.1-04 Employment. Does "for each program" mean EACH program or those up for BIC that year?

Answer:   It means each program in the system. Rational: Teachers are reviewed each year for continued compliance; SDE is reviewed each year by ISO; and administrators will be reviewed each year that their system has a program review. They will not be reviewed by the SDE on years when they do not have a program review. They will file a continued compliance document.


Question:   In the Administrator Review Section A6.4-04-Program Scheduling, does "for all teachers" mean ALL or those up for BIC that year?

Answer:   It means all teachers in the system.


Question:   If a review is scheduled for second term and the program is on a block schedule, are we looking at both terms documentation?

Answer:   Look at current year to current date.


Question:   Should all Cooperative Education Students be interviewed?

Answer:   Yes, all students on the R1.


Question:   Does the SDE Facilitator check Cooperative Education student records for both terms?

Answer:   If the review is scheduled between November and March, the SDE facilitator will check 1st term records. But if the BIC review is scheduled for April 1 or after, both terms will be checked.


Question:   Can a program use textbooks that are not on the approved state textbook list?

Answer:   Yes, with signed documentation that shows local board approval to purchase and use those books.


Question:   How do teachers document lesson evaluation toward improved teaching? (9 LP6.2-04w (w) Lesson evaluation toward improving teaching.)

Answer:   Lesson plans will need to indicate how the teacher plans to make changes to improve the lesson. Not ever lesson plan will have changes but overall there should be indications that the lesson has been evaluated and what improvements are needed.


Question:   If a system has 100 % certified programs and does not have any going up this year, does the Administrator Section have to be reviewed?

Answer:   No. The Administrator's Section will only be reviewed when programs are ongoing review.


Question:   Are middle level programs required to teach the core? Can middle level teach the core, if they desire?

Answer:   There is a checklist item in Section 3-Curriculum that states: i) “Career/Technical Education Curriculum Core” content standards and the only n/a is: programs that use online as their sole delivery system for the Career/ Technical Core Course.


Question:   Can small systems consolidate systemwide Advisory Councils with program Advisory Committees?

Answer:   No. The Councils and Committees serve very different purposes. While some discussion may be similar, systemwide goals and objectives are different than program goals and objectives. The advisory committee should be used to assist the program teachers in creating a relevant program by actively seeking advice and directions from qualified member of the community. While the role of the advisory council deals with the direction of all career/technical programs within the system, the business people on the council or committee provide vital links to community resources and to knowledge and information that may otherwise be unavailable.


Question:   Will Career/Tech aides have to take the test to become highly qualified?

Answer:   Yes. Career/tech aides will have to be highly qualified because career/tech paraprofessionals are no different that other paraprofessionals in that they provide instructional support.


Question:   How much teacher experience should the educator on the team have?

Answer:   The educator should have a minimum of three years of teaching experience within the past six years in the program area being reviewed.