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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

Career and Technical Education Domain

In this domain, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student Fact Template and the CTE Student Industry Credential Template are submitted to PIMS.  Only local education agencies with Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)-approved, reimbursable secondary career and technical education programs or registered adult affidavit programs offered by their schools during the reporting year submit to this domain.  These submissions track reportable enrollees and earned industry certifications.

Career and Technical Education Information System (CATS)

The system used by Career and Technical Education for the purpose of satisfying Federal and State requirements related to LEA documentation and BCTE approval and/or acceptance of (1) LEA secondary reimbursable Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs or (2) registered adult affidavit CTE programs. The system accepts updates from school districts, area vocational technical schools, charter schools, and intermediate units, as appropriate, for career/technical education programs.

Career and Technology Center (CTC)

A public school which provides vocational education to secondary school students, out-of-school youth and adults in a geographical area comprised and operated by one or more school districts and established under Article XVIII (Subdivision C) of the Public School Code of 1949.

Charter School (CS)

An independent, public school designed by local citizens, established and operated under a charter from the local board of school directors.

Chief School Administrator

An individual who is employed as a school district superintendent, an executive director of an intermediate unit, a chief executive officer of a charter school, or a director of an area vocational-technical school or career technology center.

Child Accounting Domain

The collection of attendance and membership data used in the calculation of state subsidies and each local education agency’s tuition rate.  The School Calendar Template and the Student Calendar Fact Template are to be submitted in this domain by school districts, intermediate units, career and technology centers, charter schools, private residential rehabilitation institutions and approved private schools.

Classroom Diagnostic Testing (CDT)

A set of online assessments, divided by content area, designed to provide diagnostic information in order to guide instruction and remediation.

Course and Grades Domain

This domain deals with local education agency reportable courses, student course enrollment, and staff student course relationships.  The Course, Course Instructor, and Staff Student Course Templates are submitted to this domain by school districts, intermediate units, career and technology centers, charter schools and state juvenile correctional institutions.  A bulk of the data submitted to the domain supports initiatives like Educator Effectiveness (EE) and School Performance Profile (SPP).


Data Governance

A quality control discipline that encompasses the people, processes and information technology to create consistent and proper handling of data.

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