Office of CTE Updates

Graduation Requirements

Sarah Wilson, Program Administrator, Office of Teaching Leading and Learning has shared the following links to the graduation requirements resources that are currently available on the Department’s graduation requirements landing page.  Please note, they are working to update the preliminary information that is currently available and will have more to share soon.

Assessment and Graduation Requirements Document – Classes of 2021 and beyond

Overview of Graduation Requirements by Class (Chart)


Class of 2020 Handout

Classes of 2021 and 2022 Requirements Handout

Classes of 2023 and Beyond Requirements Handout

If after reviewing you have questions you can contact Sarah directly or send to me and I will be glad to forward on to her.  Below is her contact information.

(614) 387-2276 | (877) 644-6338


FY18 Self-Assessment Deadline Extended

If you have not completed your FY18 Self-Assessment for 1st or 2nd year non-compliant pathways, the deadline has been extended to November 1, 2019.  If you have surveys due, they will be populated in the CTE-26 system and will be titled FY 018 Quality Program Standards Summative Self Review. The FY18 Career-Technical Education Program Review Technical Manual contains step-by-step instructions for completing the self-assessment. Please contact your assigned Program Specialist or Patti Guseman at with any questions.

Teacher Licensure Override Requests

The 2019-2020 CTE Teacher Licensure Override request process is open until April 24, 2020. Updated guidance and template documents are available at the link below. Please contact Kelsey Stephens at with any questions.

New Skills for Youth/Perkins V Survey

The Ohio Department of Education is seeking feedback to help improve career-focused programming and assistance provided by the Department to implementers of these educational experiences. The feedback gathered from this survey will be used to inform Ohio’s federally-required Perkins V plan development and to gauge the influence of the New Skills for Youth grant work.

The Department hopes to gather feedback from a broad range of Ohio stakeholders including educators, parents and caregivers, students, businesses, and community organizations. The following survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Cassie Palsgrove at

Help us ensure each child is challenged, prepared and empowered by completing our short Perkins V and New Skills for Youth Survey:

Please distribute this communication to your associate schools.

REGISTRATION: Perkins V Regional Equity Labs

The federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law on July 31st, 2018. Perkins V made changes to the annual federal appropriation for  Career and Technical Education (CTE).  This legislation provides new opportunities to improve CTE and enables more flexibility to meet the needs of learners, educators and employers. Ohio is committed to ensuring students have equitable access, engagement and performance in all aspects of their education, including career-technical education programs.

Equity labs will identify access, engagement and performance gaps; analyze the causes of those gaps; and create a plan to reduce those gaps in coming years.  Lab activities will include data review and analysis in three main categories; identifying gaps for subgroups and subpopulations in those categories; and planning activities to address identified gaps.  The resulting plan will be included as part of the Perkins V local needs assessment and application. Districts should prepare to register key team members that will assist in implementing equity-focused processes.  Team size should not exceed six (6) members.  Each member must register individually.

Regional Equity Lab Dates:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Date Region Location

October 22, 2019

Southwest Great Oaks (Scarlet Campus)

Cincinnati, OH

Register Now Southwest



October 24, 2019

West Miami Valley Career Technology Center

Clayton, OH

Register Now West



November 7, 2019

Central Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County

Newark, OH

Register Now Central



November 19, 2019

Southeast Washington State Community College

Marietta, OH

Register Now Southeast



November 21, 2019

Northeast R.G. Drage Career Technical Center

Massillon, OH

Register Now Northeast



November 26, 2019

Northwest Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Building (JTAC)

Rossford, OH  43460

Register Now Northwest


For more information regarding this event, please contact Rhedeshia Young-Willingham or (614) 387-6001.

Changes to CTE-26 Pathway and Program Application Renew

Beginning fiscal year 2020 (2019-2020 school year), the process for renewing CTE-26 applications is transitioning from renewing based on program to renewing based on expiration of the approved program application. In the past, a chart was provided indicating the fiscal renewal year for each program. The program renewal chart will no longer be used. Career-Technical Education (CTE) program approval will now be focused around the approval window of the program application rather than program. Approved CTE programs are valid for five consecutive fiscal years. Renewal application approval shall be subject to review under ORC. 3317.161 section (E).

Local districts will submit renewal applications for programs that are in the last fiscal year of the current approved application as indicated by the CTE-26 System. For example, programs with approval for period FY2017-FY2021 will renew by March 1, 2021 allowing programs to remain effective FY2022-2026. Please refer to the current approval period for your program as indicated in the CTE-26 System.

The following timelines govern the process for submitting new CTE-26 program applications or applications for program renewal. The application process will tentatively open on November 1, 2019.

  • The lead district in the Career-Tech Planning District (CTPD) is responsible for approving or disapproving a program application no later than March 1, 2020.
  • Submit the approved program application to the Ohio Department of Education by March 15, 2020. The Ohio Department of Education will review the program application and notify your district of approval or disapproval by May 15, 2020.

Additional information and resources can be found on the CTE-26 Application and Resources webpage. Please pass this information on to your associate schools.

CTPD Planning District Report Card Update

The  new Career and Post-Secondary Readiness Component has been recalculated for the 2019 Career-Technical Planning District Report Card. As noted previously, additional elements were added to the measure and students can earn 0.33 points towards the new component for scoring proficient or higher on the technical assessments. Late Thursday, ODE staff discovered that some students who met the Proficient bar were not included in the calculation. We have completed our review of the scope and impact of this recalculation.

The updated report cards will show 32 CTPD’s with an increase in the Career and Post-Secondary Readiness Component Grade, and two CTPD’s with an increase in their Overall Grade. All CTPD’s may see increases in the underlying percentage of students meeting the Career and Post-Secondary Readiness component. All CTPD’s with component or overall grade changes have been contacted directly by Department staff.

We have placed a new data file in the EMIS Data Collector that contains summary rates and points as well as student level data for the Career and Post-Secondary Readiness measure. This report is only distributed to the CTPD Lead District. It can be used to review which individual pieces of the component were met by each student included in the measure. We will also update the CTPD Overall Grade report in the Data Collector.  This updated report will show the new grades for those with changes in the Career and Post-Secondary Readiness Component and overall grade. For more information, please visit our File Descriptions website and locate the entries for 2019 CTPD Career & Post-Secondary Readiness Component and 2019 CTPD Overall Grade.

The report cards found online will be updated later this week. In the meantime, please review your data and let us know if you have any questions. If you have questions about this issue, please feel free to contact Jackie Seward at 614-387-7570 and she will route you to the appropriate staff member.

Construction Course Changes Proposed

The Office of Career-Technical Education has completed revisions to the Construction Technologies Career Field Technical Content Standards. Courses have been updated accordingly.  Most courses received only minor changes, but the courses listed below were modified to alter overall content based on industry feedback during the standards revision process.

DD 178004           Structural Coverings and Finishes
DF 178019            Plan Reading
DF 178022            Construction Management
DF 178024            Facility and Building Maintenance
DF 178027            Construction Site Preparation
DF 178028            Interior Design

Based on industry feedback, the courses listed below would potentially be removed with relevant competencies absorbed into other courses.

DE 178015           Telecommunications Low Voltage Systems (Absorb into DE 178007 Construction Electrical Systems, DE 178009 Commercial and Industrial Construction Electrical Systems)

DF 178025           Custodial Services (absorb into DF 178024 Building and Facility Maintenance)

An electronic survey will be sent to construction teachers on September 16, 2019 to request comments on the proposed course changes.  Please refer to the attached document for the list of changes. The teachers selected represent an even distribution of construction pathways and geographic locations in the state as seen on the attached spreadsheet.

Questions may be directed to Frits Rizor, Construction Program Specialist, at or 614-387-7592.

Instructor Distribution Course Revisions

Construction Course Proposed Changes Instructions