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November 9, 2023

Texas Career and Technical Education (CTE) News

Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Update

In adjusting for tiered CTE weighted funding and alternative school calendars, some language in the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) related to average daily minutes for CTE weighted funding was changed. The Texas Education Agency will review this language to ensure it does not lead to unintended consequences or create a hardship for districts. While TEA makes a determination on appropriate language for future school years, the following policy will be in place for the 2023-24 school year: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that receive CTE weighted funding must ensure CTE class periods are a minimum of 45 minutes on traditional bell schedule days.   

CTE Facility Safety and Security Research 

The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) and the Texas State University Department of Agricultural Sciences are conducting a research study to understand the unique safety and security needs of CTE facilities across Texas. As a CTE stakeholder, your input is greatly appreciated to help TxSSC develop more appropriate and relevant safety and security guidance to meet these unique needs. An email was sent from txssc-ir@txstate.edu to all middle and high school principals in Texas; it includes a link to a survey along with information about the study itself. The aim is to receive only one response per school. For more information, please contact the study’s Principal Investigator, Elizabeth Ekren, PhD, at syd14@txstate.edu or the Co-Investigator, Rachel Hall, at rhall12@txstate.edu. 

CTE TEKS Review Updates

SBOE Discussion and Public Hearing for Proposed New CTE TEKS

At the November 2023 State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the SBOE will discuss recommendations for revisions to a set of CTE TEKS in agriculture and aviation. The review also includes two CTE courses from the STEM career cluster that satisfy a science graduation requirement.  

The set of courses include the following: 


  • Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 
  • Agribusiness Management and Marketing 
  • Agriculture Leadership, Research, and Communications 
  • Professional Standards in Agribusiness 
  • Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 
  • Extended Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 


Animal Science 

  • Advanced Animal Science 
  • Equine Science 
  • Livestock Production 
  • Small Animal Management 
  • Veterinary Medical Applications 


Plant Science 

  • Advanced Plant and Soil Science 
  • Floral Design 
  • Advanced Floral Design 
  • Greenhouse Operation and Production 
  • Horticulture Science 
  • Viticulture 


Aviation Maintenance 

  • Introduction to Aircraft Technology 
  • Aircraft Airframe Technology 
  • Aircraft Powerplant Technology 
  • Aviation Maintenance 


CTE STEM Courses 

  • Principles of Technology 
  • Scientific Research and Design  

The draft recommendations are available for review and feedback on the 2023 CTE TEKS Review webpage. When providing specific comments and recommendations, please identify the program of study or course(s) in the subject line of the email. For example, in the subject line please indicate "Animal Science CTE TEKS Review." Please submit comments to TEA at teks@tea.texas.gov. 

A public hearing on the proposed new TEKS is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2023. The public hearing and discussion items are posted in the SBOE’s November agenda. Individuals may register online to provide public testimony beginning Thursday, November 9, at 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10 (Central Time).   Additional information regarding registration is provided on the public testimony registration web page. The SBOE meeting can be viewed via the live webcast. The webcast will also be archived and available via the same link after the meeting. 


Proposed New Career Preparation and Entrepreneurship TEKS 

The SBOE gave preliminary approval for proposed revisions to the TEKS for the following CTE courses at the August/September 2023 SBOE meeting: 

  • Career Preparation I   
  • Career Preparation II   
  • Extended Career Preparation   
  • Career and Technical Education Project-Based Capstone   
  • Entrepreneurship I   
  • Entrepreneurship II   
  • Practicum in Entrepreneurship   
  • Extended Practicum in Entrepreneurship    

The official public comment period for proposed revisions to the TEKS for these courses opened on October 13, 2023, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2023.  

To view the proposed revisions and submit public comments, visit http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_State_Board_of_Education_Rules/ 

The SBOE will consider the proposal for second reading and final adoption at its November 2023 meeting. 

State CTE Leadership Committee Application

The CTE team continues to accept applications from school and district CTE leaders who are interested in being considered for inclusion in the State CTE Leadership Committee. This committee provides input and recommendations on career and technical education and workforce development initiatives in Texas. The committee works collaboratively with the TEA CTE staff to ensure local education agencies’ needs and challenges inform the development of statewide CTE initiatives. The committee also provides guidance in aligning TEA CTE initiatives to current and emergent industry needs. Committee members solicit and share input from other leaders and industry stakeholders from within their respective education service center (ESC) region.  

The committee is composed of one CTE administrator representative from each ESC region. Successful applicants have demonstrated depth of knowledge and experience developing, delivering, and administering CTE programs.  

Committee members:  

  • agree to a 1.5-year term beginning January 1, 2024 and ending August 31, 2025, and 
  • commit to attending and participating in bimonthly webinar meetings, which are typically 1.5 hours.  

The application period ends November 15, 2023. Interested individuals may access the application here. 

CTE Professional Development Opportunities  

CTE 101

CTE 101 has been refreshed to reflect current legislation and best practices in career and technical education. This course is designed for both new and experienced CTE administrators and secondary school counselors, providing insights regarding Perkins V legislation, labor market information, programs of study, industry-based certifications, and alignment of your CTE program with local workforce demands. This introductory video highlights what you will learn in CTE 101. 

CTE 102 

CTE 102 is currently in development and will be released in the summer of 2024. This course will focus on K-12 college and career readiness, CTE program evaluation, expansion, and support of CTE teachers.  

Professional Development for Administrators and Counselors Related to CTE

For additional training opportunities for new and experienced CTE administrators and secondary school counselors, see New CTE Administrator and Counselor Sessions and Experienced CTE Administrator and Counselor Sessions. These in-person professional development sessions were designed by TEA and presented annually at your regional education service center (ESC). Contact your ESC CTE Specialist for more information. 


Regional Programs of Study Application 

The regional programs of study application will open this fall with the application dates announced through the CTE newsletter and the CTE webpage. The application is for LEAs or ESCs to apply for a new regional program of study or to renew a regional program of study that will expire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. A list of expiring regional programs of study can be found on the TEA CTE website on the Regional Programs of Study page 

LEAs should collaborate with their ESC CTE Specialist on the regional program of study proposals to avoid duplication of efforts. ESC CTE Specialists may coordinate with LEAs to submit one application for the region. 

CTE Look-Up Tables 

The 2023-2024 CTE Look-Up Tables, as well as historical data, are located here. 

TXVSN Courses 

The Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) offers students the opportunity to access CTE courses aligned to programs of study and to put students on the path to becoming a CTE Concentrator or CTE Completer. Using the TXVSN statewide catalog, students have more opportunities to engage in a program of study to prepare them for future education and careers. For more information about the courses offered through TXVSN, please visit the TXVSN website or contact the TXVSN Help Desk. 


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