Career Pathway System:
A framework of six career pathways which can be applied to all levels of education allowing educators and students to view education as a continuum. The Career Pathway System encompasses Career Guidance, Curriculum Development, Educational Planning, and Articulation.
Career Pathway Framework:
An organization chart of the clusters, concentrations, and examples of specific occupations included in each career pathway.
Broad groupings of career specialties/occupations that have common skills and knowledge. Career Pathways move from a core area of business and industry validated standards common to the occupations within the Career Pathway to more focused clusters and concentrations of work-related functions to specific occupational requirements.
Career Pathway Core:
The Career Pathway Core provides an overview of the skills and knowledge required for occupations included in the particular Career Pathway. Pathway Core standards are broad, general business and industry validated content and performance standards that are common to all clusters within the Career Pathway.
Career Pathway Cluster:
Sub-groupings within a Career Pathway that begin to focus on more specific occupational requirements. Each Cluster is composed of business and industry validated content and performance standards that are common to all of the concentrations included in a Career Pathway Cluster.
Career Pathway Concentration:
Sub-groupings within a Career Pathway Cluster that focus on more specific occupational requirements. Each Concentration is composed of business and industry validated content and performance standards that are common to all or most of the occupations included in a Career Pathway Concentration.
Program of Study:
A course of study that spans a minimum of two years at the secondary level and extends to postsecondary education; integrates State academic standards, career and workplace skills, and specific business and industry validated standards; incorporates work-based learning where feasible and appropriate; prepares students for further education and/or employment; and occurs in career fields that require less than a four-year degree as a prerequisite for entry. Students completing a Program of Study would have mastered all specific Career Pathway Core, Cluster, and Concentration standards.
Clear, broad statements of important ideas, concepts, and skills to be taught and learned in a content area. Content Standards provide fixed goals for learning and describe what students should know and be able to do—the knowledge and skills essential to a discipline that students are expected to learn.
Statements that describe the levels of performance and acceptable evidence that the content standards have been met. Performance Standards tell what a student product should look like if it meets the standards. Performance Standards must include three elements:
- Performance indicators (clear description of quality products or performance);
- Concrete examples such as student work; and
- Commentary on how well student work demonstrates the achievement of the content—how good is “good enough.”