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January 24, 2024

Texas Career and Technical Education (CTE) News

Texas Workforce Commission Announces Advisory Council’s Inventory of Industry-Recognized Credentials

On December 12, 2023, the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) three-member commission adopted the Industry-Based Certification (IBC) Advisory Council’s Inventory of Industry-Recognized Credentials to comply with Texas Labor Code Chapter 312. State law requires the TWC to provide a copy of the Industry-Recognized Credential Inventory to each school district and public institution of higher education that offers a career and technical education (CTE) program to public high school students. Districts received this communication from TWC the week of December 18, 2023. The IBC Advisory Council’s Inventory of Industry-Recognized Credentials may be found on TWC’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative webpage. 

While the TWC’s list of industry-recognized credentials may be used to provide additional opportunities to meet the educational and career goals of students, only the Texas Education Agency’s Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability with aligned certifying entities may be reported through the Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and count toward the College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) calculations for accountability and for reimbursement requests. In the future, all certifications included on TWC’s inventory will be evaluated against criteria in 19 TAC §74.1003 for possible inclusion on the TEA’s list for public school accountability. 

To the Administrator Addressed (TAA) communication was sent to districts on January 11, 2024.  

For more information about the TEA IBC requirements, please contact cte@tea.texas.gov. 

Technical Assistance Report for Industry-Based Certifications and Programs of Study Alignment

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) may access updated technical assistance reports within the CTER application in TEAL. Using the 2022-2023 dropdown menu, select “CTE District Alignment Report.” The report includes autocoded data for students' CTE status indicators and LEA course offerings for school year 2022-2023. The IBCs earned are self-reported data LEAs entered into PEIMS during the Summer 2023 submission or with a previous submission. The technical assistance report may be used to analyze the programs of study offered or that could be offered, review course offerings within each program of study, and make programmatic decisions about aligned IBCs that may be offered to students.  

Texas CTE Engagement Opportunity

TEA continues to host regional stakeholder events to provide guidance supporting implementation of the refreshed CTE programs of study and to collect input on proposed updates to the 2024 Perkins V State Plan.

Join us for an upcoming event: 

  • ESC 20: San Antonio - 1/30 
  • ESC 3: Victoria - 2/1 
  • ESC 11: Fort Worth - 2/16 

A virtual event will be offered on January 26, 2024, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for those unable to participate in person. To register to attend one of the sessions or for more information, please visit TexasCareerTour.com.  

For additional questions, please contact the TEA CTE team at cte@tea.texas.gov. 

Current CTE Grant Opportunities

2023-2024 Summer Career and Technical Education Grant

The Summer Career and Technical Education Grant provides support for districts to offer students greater access to CTE courses in TEA approved Programs of Study and/or work-based learning summer opportunities, whereby removing potential needs or gaps related to offering CTE courses in a TEA approved program of study or WBL opportunities. 

The application is due February 12, 2024, and should be submitted to competitivegrants@tea.texas.gov. 

Additional grant information is located on the TEA Grant Opportunities webpage.  

2023-2024 New Career and Technical Education State Student Organizations Grant

The 2023-2024 New Career and Technical Education State Student Organizations Grant provides funds for up to four new career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) to provide programs that develop student leadership, personal growth, and career success through a well-rounded practical approach to learning.  

The application is due February 12, 2024, 11:59pm CST and should be submitted to competitivegrants@tea.texas.gov. 

Additional grant information is located on the TEA Grant Opportunities webpage. 

CTE TEKS Review Work Group Application for Engineering

In 2024, the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled to begin the review and revision of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a set of career and technical education (CTE) courses for a new Engineering career cluster. The review will include courses for the following programs of study:

Engineering Foundations

  • Engineering Design Process
  • Introduction to Fluids
  • Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
  • Introduction to Statics
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Practicum in Engineering


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Aerospace Design I and II
  • Mechanical Design I and II


Civil Engineering

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Civil Engineering I and II
  • Surveying


The SBOE’s TEKS review and revision process requires the direct participation of educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers. The SBOE is now accepting applications for the 2024 CTE TEKS review engineering work groups. TEKS review work groups will convene in Austin for two to three face-to-face meetings which may include Saturdays. Additional days or virtual meetings may be scheduled if needed. TEA reimburses work group members for their travel and meal expenses. Work group members will be expected to complete an online orientation session and may be asked to complete pre-work exercises prior to their meetings.  

To access the application and more information regarding the 2024 CTE TEKS review for engineering, please visit the 2024 CTE TEKS Review: Engineering webpage.

The ideal applicant will have knowledge and experience in these specific engineering fields. We encourage educators to forward this information to qualified individuals within their networks. Priority will be given to applications received before February 9, 2024.

Questions regarding the application or TEKS review process may be sent via email to teks@tea.texas.gov.

Final Recommendations for Proposed New CTE TEKS Available

Final recommendations for proposed new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a set of career and technical education (CTE) courses from the agribusiness, animal science, plant science, and aviation maintenance programs of study are now available for review on the 2023 CTE TEKS Review webpage. Additionally, proposed new TEKS for two CTE courses that satisfy a science graduation requirement, Applied Physics and Engineering and Scientific Research and Design, are also available for review. The proposed new TEKS are scheduled for a public hearing and to be presented to the State Board of Education (SBOE) for first reading and filing authorization on Wednesday, January 31, at the January/February 2024 SBOE meeting.  

Information about the public hearing and proposed new CTE TEKS is posted online in the SBOE’s January/February agenda. Individuals may register online to provide public testimony starting at 8:00 a.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, January 25, and continuing through 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, January 26. Please note that public testimony is in-person.  

Additional information regarding registration is provided on the public testimony registration web page. The live webcast of the meeting will be available online at http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea. The webcast will also be archived and available via the same link after the meeting. 

CTE and Special Education Frequently Asked Questions

The CTE and Special Education FAQ document addresses common questions received by the Texas Education Agency relating to CTE and students served by special education. All students should have access to CTE courses, with support as specified in the IEP. The content of this document provides clarification for the following categories:

  • ARD committee membership
  • Teacher certification and classroom roles
  • Special education services, including adaptations to course content and requirements
  • Vocational Adjustment Class

For additional questions, please contact cte@tea.texas.gov.

Texas Virtual School Network

Texas Virtual School Network Information

The Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) can help meet students’ curricular needs through TEA-approved online courses. The TXVSN statewide course catalog provides schools and students access to high school, Advanced Placement, career and technical education, and dual credit courses for initial credit or credit recovery. The TXVSN courses are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and taught by Texas-certified teachers trained in best practices in online instruction. Schools can use the TXVSN courses to create flexibility in a student’s schedule, allow a student to accelerate their learning, and address local teacher shortages. Students enrolled in a TXVSN course can generate funding regardless of whether the student is physically present at school while participating in the course. For more information about the courses offered through TXVSN, please visit the TXVSN website or contact the TXVSN Help Desk.


Quality Matters Course Reviewers

Reviewers Needed! Do you want to make a difference in the quality of courses offered through the TXVSN, earn a stipend, build your résumé, and more? Quality Matters is currently in need of certified high school health science, computer science, and middle school theatre educators to serve as course reviewers. Become a QM-Certified K-12 Course Reviewer through Quality Matters. If interested, please register for the Applying the QM K-12 Rubric course by February 2, 2023.

Proclamation 2024 Update

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted instructional materials for Proclamation 2024 at the November meeting. The list of adopted materials and the TEKS Not Addressed report are available in the Proclamation 2024 section of the Proclamations webpage.  The final Report of Required Corrections, cumulative Report of New Content, and the cumulative Report of Editorial Changes will be posted to the Proclamation 2024 section of the Proclamations webpage by the end of January. The changes or corrections on these three reports must be made by the publishers in the final versions of instructional materials provided to schools as a condition of adoption by the SBOE. 


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