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Career/Vocational Technical Education

Changes in Reporting for Chapter 74 Postsecondary/Postgraduate Students

To:Superintendents, Principals and CTE Coordinators
From:Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner
Date:August 29, 2019

As you know, every fall, The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) collects the Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Postsecondary and Postgraduate Report from districts/schools, per 603 CMR 4.05. (These include the number of postsecondary and postgraduate students participating in Chapter 74 programs in secondary schools.)

In past years, the data collection protocol has not kept pace with other data collection changes that have streamlined processes and allowed for an increase in accountability and an understanding of student outcomes. Starting last fall, we initiated minor changes in this area to reduce complexity and eliminate irrelevant data entry. This fall we are initiating additional changes, which include identifying individual student participation in these programs. We are eager to share those with you early, to allow time for leaders to incorporate these changes into systems and practices.

Reporting for School Year 2019-2020 will include two pieces. Districts are asked to —

  • collect student-level data in the Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Postsecondary and Postgraduate Report; and

  • submit the Report to DESE via a new dropbox in the Security Portal (CVTE PostSec PostGrad Data dropbox).

  • Do not email any student-identifiable information.

The Report and Instructions are available on the CVTE Data/Reporting site. These should be complete by November 30, 2019.

As always, we aim to work closely with district/schools while DESE makes these changes. If you have feedback, requests or concerns regarding changes this year, please contact Jennifer Appleyard or 781-338-3956 and she will work with you during this transition.

Thanks again for all you do to support students as they prepare for navigating economically viable career pathways in a 21st century economy.

Last Updated: August 29, 2019

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