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2018-2019 Career and Technical Education Industry Certification

Policies and Procedures Manual Duval County Public Schools

2018-2019 CTE Industry Certification Policies and Procedures Updated 11/02/18

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Contents

What is Industry Certification? ..................................................................................................................... 3 The Benefits of Industry Certification Testing .............................................................................................. 3 Industry Certification Testing........................................................................................................................ 4 Teacher Certification..................................................................................................................................... 4 Student Certification..................................................................................................................................... 5 CAPE Test Administration Procedures....................................................................................................................6 Exam Groups, Test Registration, and Sign On...........................................................................................................6 Tracking Results During the Year.......................................................................................................................7 End of Year State Reporting.....................................................................................................................................7 Teacher and Proctor Conduct.................................................................................................................................8 Proctor Policies..........................................................................................................................................................9 Certification Testing: Process for Reporting Technical Issues.............................................................................9 Testing Environment ................................................................................................................................... 10 2018-2019 CTE Industry Certification Policies and Procedures Quiz.......................................................... 11 Duval County Career and Technical Education Contacts ............................................................................ 11 FORM FCAPEA-04, Florida Administrative Code......................................................................................... 13 2018?2019 Test Administration and Security Agreement.......................................................................... 14

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What is Industry Certification?

Setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education to ensure that all students graduating from high school are prepared to continue postsecondary education, and have the competencies to enter the workforce. Today's educational environment is heavily focused on accountability, standards, and assessment. At the same time, industry is seeking assurances that job seekers have the skills required to fill their openings. Duval County's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department is dedicated to providing students with certifications that are recognized and valued by national industry, post-secondary institutions and our business partners. Industry certifications measure student mastery of the knowledge and skills, which are the foundation of CTE programs. Assessments can provide a continuous improvement model for CTE instruction, while also providing industry with the assurance that CTE program graduates have the skills required to fill their job openings.

The Benefits of Industry Certification Testing

1. Provides a quantitative measure of student mastery in Career and Technical Education courses, Career Themed courses, and CAPE Academies.

2. Provides an objective measure of skills proficiency for increased job opportunities and advancement in a chosen career path.

3. Enhances self-esteem for students through achieving national occupational competency standards recognized by business and industry.

4. Awards articulated college credit to industry certified students when they enroll in a Florida state public college.

5. Contributes to school grade, much in the same way that AP, IB, AICE and dual enrollment exams are factored.

6. Generates weighted FTE funding for CAPE industry certification exams. There is a one-year lag between the time the certifications are earned and reported and when the FTE add-on and bonus funds are distributed to teachers and schools.

7. By law, each district must allocate at least 80 percent of the funds provided for CAPE industry certification to the program that generated the funds. This allocation may not be used to supplant funds already provided for basic operation of the program. The remaining 20 percent of the CAPE funds may be used for other CAPE and new CAPE academy programs or career-themed courses at the school. 100% of the funds are required to be spent on CAPE programs and courses. (Florida Statute, Section 1011.62)

8. Contributes to Teacher Bonus Pay: Career-Themed teachers who provided direct instruction toward the attainment of a CAPE industry certification that qualified for additional full-time equivalent membership are eligible. (Florida Statute, Section 1011.62) Career-Themed teacher bonuses shall be provided to teachers who are employed by the district the year in which the additional FTE membership calculation is included in the calculation. (Florida Statute, Section 1011.62)

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Before certifying students, instructors are required to hold the relevant certifications aligned to their programs. (Florida Statute, Section 1003.493)

A bonus of $25 for each student taught by a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.1. (17-18 CAPE Funding List.)

A bonus of $50 for each student taught by a teacher who provided instruction in a course that led to the attainment of a CAPE industry certification on the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List with a weight of 0.2. (17-18 CAPE Funding List)

House Bill 7069 removed the teacher bonus cap of $3,000 for students in Grades 9-12. Teacher bonuses are deducted from schools' FTE add-on funding received for industry

certification exams. (Florida Statute, Section 1011.62) 9. Provides career-readiness indicators for districts to use in data collection and analysis. 10. Provides federal Perkins and Florida CAPE accountability measures for Career and Technical

Education program performance.

Industry Certification Testing

Teacher Certification

Whether experienced or new, teachers teaching in CAPE academies or teaching career themed courses who intend to offer their students CAPE industry certifications must hold relevant and valid industry certifications aligned to the courses they teach prior to offering these certifications to their students. Teachers may attain these certifications through district-offered certification trainings (preferred), or may choose to self-study. (Florida Statute, Section 1003.493)

ALL new CTE teachers must contact the District CTE office and make arrangements to complete industry certification exams at the CTE office. NEW TEACHERS MAY NOT TAKE CERTIFICATION EXAMS AT THEIR SCHOOL SITES.

All teacher certifications must be reported to Ryan Rewey (reweyr@) immediately upon achievement, and accompanied by a copy of the transcript/score report for verification. It is imperative that CTE maintain updated records of teacher certifications for documentation of qualifications.

Teachers who do not pass a certification exam on the first attempt are permitted to retest according to the certification provider's policy. (Note: Retake policies vary by exam).

Teachers obtaining their industry certifications through the district will be proctored by CTE Specialists or CTE-sponsored consultants. Teachers will be monitored by the exam proctor at all times, ensuring that the integrity of the exam is upheld. All testing aids and devices/methods used to record test content are prohibited, including: textbooks/manuals, notes, Internet searches, paper and pen, written or verbal assistance, cameras/phones, screenshots, etc. (unless otherwise permitted by the certifying agency for the specific exam).

Teachers may not possess or use recorded exam content to assist in instruction or certification attainment.

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If a teacher requires accommodations for disabilities, the teacher should notify the District CTE office in advance of testing.

Only current CTE or registered Career-Themed course instructors and students may practice and test for industry certification using CTE-purchased equipment and licensing agreements. Teachers in other departments and students who are not currently registered in the appropriate CTE courses, parents, community members, and all other individuals who are not current CTE teachers or students are not allowed to use practice or certification exam vouchers licensed through the District's Career and Technical Education Department.

Any suspicion or witness of unethical testing practices and/or cheating must be reported immediately to the school's administration, the District CTE Office, and the certification provider.

Student Certification

Teachers may only offer industry certification exams to students enrolled in an aligned CTE course or career themed course, and only after they have thoroughly taught the skills and concepts, and students have demonstrated mastery. Most industry certifications require a minimum of 150 hours of instruction.

Students will prepare for each certification exam by attaining three practice test scores (where applicable and available) of 85% or greater. The teacher of record will certify a test candidate's preparedness for an exam by verifying at least three practice exam scores of 85% or greater prior to scheduling an exam.

The teacher must provide the practice test scores to the testing proctor to verify sufficient practice and mastery before scheduling a certification exam.

If a practice exam does not exist for a particular certification, the teacher may create a practice exam and/or the student may demonstrate proficiency to the teacher through skill demonstration that verifies mastery of exam objectives.

All testing aids and recording devices/methods are prohibited, including: textbooks/manuals, notes, Internet searches, paper and pen, written or verbal assistance, cameras/phones, etc. (unless otherwise stated by the certifying agency for the specific exam).

Students who are not testing may not be in the same room with students who are testing. Students who do not pass a certification exam on the first try must receive additional

instruction. Students must master all of the exam competencies through additional practice exam scores of 85% or greater, tutorial completion and/or skill demonstration before retesting. (FL Administrative Code, Rule 6A-6.0573) Students must wait a minimum of 21 calendar days before re-testing. A student may retest after a previous administration of the same test or subtest on the 21st day. There must be a minimum of 20 calendar days between test administrations. (FL Administrative Code, Rule 6A-.0573) Exams cannot be administered more than 3 times during the academic year. An exam may not be taken over the course of two school days. Exams must be administered in one sitting. If a student requires accommodations for disabilities, the student's teacher should contact the certifying agency for information.

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Individuals providing the direct instruction for industry certifications or certificates may not proctor their own students' exams. If approved school-based proctors are unavailable, teachers may contact the District CTE office to proctor their exams.

CAPE Test Administration Procedures

In order for the district to report successful attainment of certifications, certificates, and course completion on the "CAPE Industry Certification Funding List," the following test administration procedures for all examinations associated with earning the industry certification must be followed:

1. The written exam is not proctored by the individual providing the direct instruction for the industry certification or certificate, except under the following conditions: a. If the only individual permitted to be a proctor by the certifying agency is providing direct instruction for the industry certification and only one (1) eligible proctor is approved in a school, the individual providing direct instruction shall be permitted to proctor the exam; and, b. All written tests proctored by the individual providing direct instruction are independently monitored by a second individual who does not provide direct instruction for the industry certification to the individuals taking the test(s).

2. The written exam questions are delivered in a secure manner and paper-based tests are not available to the test proctor for a period of time, other than the time necessary to receive, distribute, and return any written materials to the scoring entity.

3. The exam is scored by the certifying agency for the industry certification or certificate or an approved vendor of the certifying agency and may not be scored by a representative of the school district or the examinee.

4. The exam has been administered in accordance with the test administration procedures specified by the certifying agency; and,

5. The exams leading to the industry certification must not have been administered to a student more than three (3) times during the academic year with a minimum of twenty (20) calendar days between test administrations.

6. If the certification is awarded based upon the outcome of a performance-based competency exam only, the successful attainment of the certification may not be reported if the exam is conducted by an instructor at the district or school of instruction. Rule 6A-6.0573

Exam Groups, Test Registration, and Sign On

EXAM GROUPS

If your certification provider allows the creation of Exam Groups, contact the District CTE office to obtain Exam Group codes prior to Test Registration.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

When allowed by the vendor, staff registering students for industry certification exams are required to use the following student information:

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