Project One: Creation of a Chapter 74 Exploratory Framework
The purpose of the Chapter 74 Exploratory Framework Project is to create a vocational technical education framework for Chapter 74 state-approved exploratory programs. The Exploratory Framework will be based on the Vocational Technical Education Regulations 603 CMR 4.03(4)(e) and focus on;
- Current statewide college and career readiness initiatives
- Equitable access to all career/vocational technical programs, for all students
- Student personal and physical safety
- Exposure to and understanding of all aspects of industry for students
- Incorporate the MA Model for Career Development Education, along with Benchmarks and Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA) state and national standards, as determined appropriate by the team.
The Vocational Exploratory Framework will be of sufficient size, scope, and quality to effectively deliver a Chapter 74 vocational exploratory program in accordance with MGL Chapter 74 standards, the Vocational Technical Education Regulations 603 CMR 4.0, and the associated Vocational Guidelines for Vocational Education Exploratory Programs
, and the federal Vocational Guidelines for the Elimination of Discrimination and Denial of Services Based on Race, Color, Sex, National Origin and Disability.
The Vocational Technical Exploratory Framework team will align the framework with national and/or state third party credentials and/or licensure, as appropriate. The team will identify current best practices and allow for replication of the framework for Chapter 74 exploratory models across the state. The framework will be written in the format of the six strands in the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Framework.
The Chapter 74 Exploratory Framework team will create a plan to ensure the new draft framework is vetted by the vocational technical education community and appropriate stakeholders during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Additionally, during the 2017-2018 school year, the team will provide for the roll-out of the new Chapter 74 Exploratory Framework and any necessary technical assistance for statewide implementation. Therefore, the Exploratory Framework Team members will be available to deliver the framework to the field in collaboration with the Office for College, Career and Technical Education, as necessary, with technical assistance sessions during the 2017-2018 school year. Required Team Composition: Discussed below.
Project Two: Creation of Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Framework for Aviation Maintenance Technology.
In accordance with Perkins IV, this project supports the creation of a new Vocational Technical Education (VTE) Framework, for an emerging occupational career in high skills, high wage or a high demand occupation, and includes the integration of coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and technical knowledge and skills.
Project Two will consist of a VTE Framework Team titled - Aviation Maintenance Technology Framework Team
. The Aviation Maintenance Technology Framework Team will develop a new vocational technical education framework for the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program.
The team will create the applicable Vocational Technical Framework based on the program's alignment with the occupational areas national and/or state licensure requirements, and third-party credentials, as appropriate. The Aviation Maintenance Technology standards must be aligned to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certification 147.
This project includes the review of Massachusetts' eleven (11) Career Clusters, to ensure the proper placement of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program within Massachusetts' clusters, to determine appropriate cluster placement and/or the expansion of Massachusetts Career Clusters, in accordance with MGL Chapter 74, section 1, and the vocational technical education regulations 603 CMR 4.0. The Vocational Technical Teacher Testing Program will serve in an advisory capacity/consultant(s) in the development of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Vocational Technical Framework. Required Team Composition: Discussed below.
Project Three: Creation of a Written Vocational Technical Teacher Test for Aviation Maintenance Technology.
Perkins IV supports teacher preparation programs that address the integration of academic and career and technical education and that assists individuals who are interested in becoming career and technical education teachers and faculty, including individuals with experience in business and industry. This project consists of the creation of a written vocational technical teacher test, to support industry professionals transitioning to become vocational technical teachers in Massachusetts. The written vocational technical teacher test ensures the delivery of high quality vocational programs to students, aligned with Massachusetts' Vocational Frameworks, and that vocational teachers and administrators are highly qualified and eligible for Chapter 74 vocational technical teacher licensure.
will consist of the Test Development Team for Aviation Maintenance Technology
. The team will create the Aviation Maintenance Written Vocational Teacher Test. (Members from Project Two Aviation Maintenance Technology Framework Development Team may be members of Project Three Aviation Maintenance Technology Test Development Team).
The Massachusetts Vocational Technical Teacher Testing Program Executive Director and Co-Director will be the Project Managers. The Vocational Teacher Testing Program Administrators, and staff will be members of the Test Development Team and will lead the work in consultation with the Contractor, Project Administrator, and the Office for College, Career and Technical Education.
Under the direction of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Teacher Testing Program, a plan will be developed to ensure the new written test meets current program testing standards. The written test must be developed in accordance with current practices utilized by the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Teacher Testing Program. The test will be vetted for bias, readability and reliability, normed appropriately, and provide for written test-bank questions. During the 2017-2018 school year, the Test Development Team members will be available to assist the MA Vocational Technical Teacher Testing Program with the implementation of the written teacher test, and any activities, as appropriate. Required Team Composition: Discussed below.
Project Four: Chapter 74 Linkages
Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act supports the development and expansion of secondary to postsecondary articulation of career and technical education programs. Articulation Agreements are designed to provide students with a non-duplicative sequence of progressive achievement leading to technical skills proficiency, a credential, a certificate, or a degree; and linked through credit transfer agreements between the two institutions.
Massachusetts currently has fourteen (14) statewide articulation agreements for students enrolled in Chapter 74 vocational technical programs in fourteen occupational areas.
The goal of the Chapter 74 Linkages Project is to create a Chapter 74 statewide apprenticeship articulation agreement for students enrolled in c.74 secondary Electrical Technology Programs in Massachusetts.
- The Chapter 74 Linkages Project Team will collaborate with the Division of Professional Licensure - Board of Electricians, Electrical Apprenticeship Providers, and other stakeholders to conduct scoping work to investigate the feasibility of a secondary Chapter 74 Electrical Apprenticeship Program. Should the feasibility be determined, the Linkages Project Team will coordinate with the Office for College, Career and Technical Education to facilitate the development of the Chapter 74 Secondary Electrical Apprenticeship Articulation.
Required Team Composition:
The Chapter 74 Linkages Project Team will consist of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education professionals, and individuals who currently administer Linkage Programs at the secondary and postsecondary levels.