DC - Content Standards: Career and Technical Education Standards

Career and Technical Education

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.


The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is an important step forward for the Career Technical Education (CTE) community. For the first time in the history of CTE, states throughout the nation have a common benchmark for what students should know and be able to do after completing a program of study.

The CCTC is a state-led initiative, with 42 states, the District of Columbia and Palau participating in the development stage. Business and industry representatives, educators and others helped guide the development of the CCTC from beginning to end to ensure CTE students will have the knowledge and skills to thrive in a global economy.

The resulting CCTC is a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for CTE that states can adopt voluntarily. The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clusters™ and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
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