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Postsecondary Accountability

Performance Indicator Framework

The Performance Indicator framework was developed by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), in cooperation with the United States Department of Labor and stakeholder organizations to achieve two major objectives:

  1. To create a common reference format to discuss the components of Perkins accountability, and

  2. To establish performance measurement approaches for the Performance Indicators.

The framework is intended to define state performance measurement approaches for each indicator to ensure sufficient rigor and comparability among state performance accountability systems. Further, the framework is intended to define performance and data collection approaches that can be easily integrated into state and local performance management systems to support continuous program improvement.

This graphic represents the relationship between the Perkins Postsecondary Performance Indicators and CTE Participants and CTE Concentrators.

Definitions

CTE Participant

A postsecondary student who has earned one (1) or more credits in a 1.5 or 2.0 weighted course in any CTE program area.

CTE Concentrator

A postsecondary student who:

  1. has earned at least 12 academic or CTE semester credits (18 quarter credits) within a single CTE program sequence that is comprised of 12 or more academic and technical semester credits (18 quarter credits) that ultimately results in an award of an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, diploma, or degree; OR

  2. has completed a short-term CTE program sequence of less than 12 semester credits (18 quarter credits) that ultimately results in an industry recognized credential, a certificate, diploma, or degree.

*Note: This does not include non-credit certification programs.

Performance Measures

State Goals

The following state and local goals are agreed upon annually with the United States Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Office (OCTAE).

Performance Measures

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14-15

15-16

16-17

1P1: Technical Skill Attainment

89%90%91.5%92%

2P1: Credential, Certificate, or Degree

55%48%48%40%

3P1: Student Retention or Transfer

76%74%74%73%

4P1: Student Placement

77.5%77%73%74%

5P1: Nontraditional Participation

15%20%21.2%24%

5P2: Nontraditional Completion

15.75%18%14%16%

Performance Measure Descriptions

1P1: TECHNICAL SKILL ATTAINMENT: The percentage of CTE Concentrators who have met technical skill attainment.

  • Numerator: The number of CTE Concentrators who achieved a minimum GPA of 2.0 in CTE program curricula that are aligned with industry-recognized standards during the reporting year.

  • Denominator: The number of CTE Concentrators during the reporting year.

2P1: CREDENTIAL, CERTIFICATE, OR DEGREE: The percentage of CTE Concentrators that graduated with a diploma, degree, certificate, or credential (previous reporting year).

  • Numerator: The number of CTE Concentrators from the previous reporting year who received an industry-recognized credential, certificate, diploma, or degree.

  • Denominator: The number of CTE Concentrators during the reporting year.

3P1: STUDENT RETENTION OR TRANSFER: The percentage of CTE Concentrators who did not graduate, but remained enrolled in postsecondary education (either in their original postsecondary institution or transferred to another 2- or 4- year institution).

  • Numerator: The number of CTE Concentrators from the previous reporting year who remained enrolled in their original postsecondary institution or transferred to another 2- or 4-year postsecondary institution during the current reporting year.

  • Denominator: The number of CTE Concentrators from the previous reporting year who did not earn an industry recognized credential, certificate, diploma, or degree in the previous reporting year.

4P1: STUDENT PLACEMENT: The percentage of CTE Concentrator graduates employed in work, military, or apprenticeships.

  • Numerator: The number of CTE Concentrators from the previous reporting year who were placed or retained in employment, or placed in the military service or apprenticeship programs during the 2nd quarter following the program year in which they left postsecondary education (e.g. unduplicated placement status for CTE Concentrators who graduated by June 30th would be assessed between October 1st and December 31st).

  • Denominator: The number of CTE Concentrators from the previous reporting year who left postsecondary education with a credential, certificate, degree, or diploma during the previous reporting year.

5P1: NONTRADITIONAL PARTICIPATION: The percentage of CTE Participants taking a class that is nontraditional for their gender compared to all students taking a class in an area classified as nontraditional.

  • Numerator: The number of CTE Participants from the current reporting year form underrepresented gender groups who participated in a program that leads to employment in nontraditional fields during the current reporting year.

  • Denominator: The number of CTE Participants from the current reporting year who participated in a program that leads to employment in nontraditional fields during the current reporting year.   

5P2: NONTRADITIONAL COMPLETION: The percentage of gender nontraditional Concentrators who graduated.

  • Numerator: The number of CTE Concentrators from the current reporting year from underrepresented gender groups who completed a program that leads to employment in nontraditional fields during the current reporting year.

  • Denominator: The number of CTE Concentrators from the current reporting year who completed a program that leads to employment in nontraditional fields during the current reporting year.