What will happen with technical assessments this school year? How will this work for graduating seniors who need to pass the exam for their CTE Endorsement?
CTE and the Office of Academic Policy Systems have issued updated guidance regarding CTE technical assessments and CTE endorsement:
Seniors enrolled in NYSED approved CTE programs culminating in a CTE +1 pathway assessment who will have earned the applicable program credit by the end of the 2019-20 school year and intended to take the CTE +1 pathway assessment, or who were previously enrolled in the program of study and have not yet passed the +1 assessment, are exempt from the assessment for graduation purposes.
In the case of the CTE Technical Endorsement, schools may grant an exemption of the three-part technical assessment for seniors scheduled to complete their NYSED approved programs of study and for the purpose of meeting the +1 pathway to a diploma. Consideration should be given to students who complete 44 credits towards graduation, which include the required courses in the approved sequence, whether the student has demonstrated the technical skills and knowledge through an employability skills profile and through participation in the approved program’s provided work-based learning activities to warrant such endorsement. NYSED approved programs leading to the technical endorsement must only provide access to work-based learning activities there is no hourly requirement to be fulfilled during the Perkins transition year.
Seniors who are on track to take an industry credential examination in June 2020 and who will graduate due to an exemption to the diploma requirements, may return to school to complete his/her technical preparation and take such examinations in the future. Further guidance from NYSED will be forthcoming with additional details. NYSED CTE has released updated guidance for health occupations programs in Nurse Aide Training and Emergency Medical Technician education programs.
As of April 7, 2020, the NYSED Board of Regents has provided the following guidance below.
Excerpt from NYSED’s memo on Cancellation of the June 2020 Administration of the New York State (NYS) High School Regents Examination Program in Response to COVID-19 Related School and District Closures:
CTE Pathway Assessments
Pathway Assessments Any student preparing to take a NYSED-approved +1 Pathway Assessment in June 2020 shall be exempt from the requirements pertaining to passing an approved assessment for the purposes of meeting the diploma requirements. In order to qualify for the exemption students must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
The student is currently enrolled in the course of study leading to the +1 Pathway Assessment and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019- 20 school year;
The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to the +1 Pathway Assessment, has achieved the applicable course credit and has not yet passed the associated +1 Pathway Assessment but was intending to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score;
In the case of the CTE Technical Endorsement, schools may exempt the student from the requirement of the three-part technical assessment for students scheduled to complete their technical studies and who have been successful in their coursework up to the point of the COVID-19 related school closures. Consideration should be given to length of program, percent of program unfinished, and whether the student has demonstrated the technical skills and knowledge to warrant such endorsement. Please note that students shall be exempted from the 3-part technical assessment requirement for the purpose of meeting the +1 pathway to a diploma; however, districts must make an individual determination of knowledge and skill attainment in granting the Technical Endorsement.
The CTE team within Office of Postsecondary Readiness is working closely with the Office for Academic Policy and Systems to provide further guidance and updates as necessary to school staff.