Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered in Utah's public
education system must meet state program standards and be approved
by the Utah State Board of Education.
State CTE program funds may be used only for approved CTE
Program Standards & Evaluation Criteria
The Utah State Office of Education, in conjunction with school district
CTE directors, has developed program standards and program evaluation
criteria for CTE programs in secondary schools. These standards are
a number of uses aimed at developing or improving secondary CTE programs.
CTE educators and program staff should use these standards for self-evaluation,
goal setting, continuous improvement, and long-range planning. Standards
will also be useful to state program specialists in monitoring, evaluating,
and providing technical assistance.
The Utah Career and Technical Education Program Approval Standards can
be found at each program area website. Please refer to the appropriate
link below to access these standards and evaluation criteria.
that these questionnaires are used with the scheduled onsite review
of your school and need to be completed prior to the scheduled visit.
You will receive notification prior to your onsite review. However,
the information may be helpful at any time you want to determine the
criteria for effective programs.
Annual Report Procedures
Please access the following link to view or complete the Annual
Program Evaluation Report. CTE program supervisors
and/or instructors at each school will complete the Annual CTE Program
Evaluation Report by department indicating whether
the general CTE standards are met for a CTE program. This can be accomplished
through the online checklist, using as a basis, the established Program
Standards and Evaluation Criteria. The information entered into the
report is compiled electronically at the Utah State Office of Education.
results will be made available to state program specialists and district
CTE directors. It is not used to evaluate instructors, program supervisors,
or district CTE directors, but merely to provide feedback for state
program specialists to focus future technical assistance and training.
purposes of this report are to
- provide general information to the
state program specialist regarding statewide inservice needs, and
- identify technical assistance needs at districts and schools.
The Annual Program Evaluation Report is required for CTE program approval
and is due by October 15th of each school year.
Onsite Review Procedures
Onsite program evaluations will be conducted on a six-year
rotation schedule. Evaluation teams coordinated by state CTE program specialists
will use the Utah Career and Technical Education Program Approval
Standards to assess the quality of CTE programs. Program supervisors
at the school will complete a self-study of the programs and then
meet with evaluation team members to discuss the strengths and weaknesses
the programs. Based on this review, evaluation team members will
document observations, commendations, and areas needing improvement.
program specialists will follow-up with district and school staff
regarding areas needing improvement. Please refer to the appropriate
link above to access these program standards.
FY15 Program Approval Schedule - PDF
CTE instructors must hold approved educator licenses and endorsements
for courses they are teaching. These credentials, along with the current
teaching assignments, must be entered into the state’s CACTUS system
prior to November 15th each year, or if hired after November 15th, as
soon as possible. District CTE directors can use various CACTUS reports
monitor teacher qualifications in the each CTE areas.
Membership Reporting and Auditing
At the end of each school year (June 30th), districts report CTE teachers,
courses, and membership to the state through the Program Approval for
Technology Instruction (PATI) reporting system. This system verifies
teacher credentials and assignments with CACTUS. PATI data are reviewed
off by state specialists prior to the generation of audit samples for
each district. CTE directors have an opportunity to discuss teacher,
course, or membership approval issues with state specialists during
of the review.
District membership audits are conducted to determine accuracy
of reported data. These audits are conducted between September and
March each year.
Final audited results are used to determine CTE add-on funding and
CTE maintenance-of-effort requirements for districts.
Three-Year Audit Schedule - PDF
For more information on district CTE membership audits, contact Jennifer [dot] Yates-Givens
schools [dot] utah [dot] gov
Research Consultant, Data Quality and Pupil Accounting, USOE School Finance and Statistics.
Procedures for Approval of Charter School CTE Programs
To request a new CTE program the school representative submits a formal application. The Procedures for Approval of New CTE Programs contains detailed information on the approval process.