Revised April 21, 2006
Methods of Administration Manual
Joseph B. Morton
State Superintendent of Education
Sherry Key, Interim Director
Alabama Department of Education
P. O. Box 302101
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101
Phone (334) 242-9111
Fax (334) 353-8861
No person shall be denied employment, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of disability, sex, race, religion, national origin, color, or age. Ref: Sec. 1983, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C.; Title VI and VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sec. 504; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972: Title IX Coordinator, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101 or call (334) 242-8444.
SECONDARY CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION FRAMEWORK 4
Organization and Management 4
PLANNING AND ACCOUNTABILITY 5
Local Program Application and Accountability Plan 5
Business/Industry Certification General Information and Guidelines 6
Cooperative Education Programs 12
Career/Technical Education Student Organizations 13
Live Work 14
Safety Procedures 14
Priorities and Requirements for Enrollment 15
Students Who Are Disadvantaged 15
Students Who Have Disabilities 16
Program Completion 16
Placement of Completers 16
Teacher Certification 17
Teacher Work Loads 18
Advisory Councils and Committees 19
Community Involvement 19
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS/INDUSTRY AWARENES 19
Professional Development Plan 19
New Teacher Institute and New Administrator Academy 19
Business/Industry Awareness 20
Instructional-Related Expenses 20
Use of Career/Technical Funds 20
Student Files 20
System Files 20
INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES 21
Career/technical education (CTE) is a blend of academic, occupational, non-occupational, and life skills leading to further education and employment. The CTE instructional program is based upon the State Board of Education approved Career/Technical Education: Courses of Study that provides minimum content standards for instruction in current or emerging employment sectors and preparation for further education and life.
Secondary career/technical education in Alabama is an organized, instructional program in the following areas:
Further education and employment are basic purposes of career/technical education. Career/technical education prepares students for optimum quality of individual and family life and to be more competitive in the world economy.
Organization and Management
Career/technical education is managed according to state and local strategic plans that establish the vision, mission, core values, and goals for the program. Local education agencies may adopt the state’s strategic plan as it’s organizational and management tool.
The vision, mission, core values, and goals are achieved through effective integration of the academic, technical, technological, and workplace readiness skills necessary to succeed in a diverse and global society. These components prepare students for postsecondary education, apprenticeship, employment, and life.
Career/technical education uses the following delivery systems:
Local Program Application and Accountability Plans
Local boards shall submit an approvable Local Program Application and Accountability Plan (Local Application) as required by federal law and in accordance with the State Plan for Career/Technical Education. The Local Application is a part of the local education agency (LEA) Comprehensive Plan. The Local Application shall serve as a program improvement plan containing measurable goals and objectives. The Alabama State Department of Education (Department) shall approve continuation, deletion, and addition of local program components through the annual Local Application process.
Accountability components include the following:
Business/Industry Certification General Information and Guidelines
In 1998, Alabama business and industry persons developed a certification process that establishes and maintains a quality-oriented accountability system for the improvement and enhancement of Career/Technical Education. Business/Industry Certification (BIC) promotes program improvement that enhances the preparedness of Alabama’s students for society and tomorrow’s workforce. Alabama is the only state in the nation to require all CTE programs to certify to industry standards, either through the state’s BIC process or through a national certification process.
The BIC process is certified to the standards as developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and these standards are referred to as ISO 9001:2000 certification. The ISO 9001:2000 certification is process-based and recognizes organizations that link business objectives with operating effectiveness. ISO indicates that CTE demonstrates effective implementation of BIC documentation and records management; has the commitment of top management to local career/technical programs; has established clear policies; conducts good planning and implementation; performs good resource management; and has efficient process control, measurement, and analysis. The ISO certification ensures that the BIC process is quality-oriented, consistently administered, and focused on customer satisfaction.
The purpose of BIC is to ensure that CTE programs meet industry standards so that students will be equipped for postsecondary education, apprenticeship, employment, and life.
All CTE programs in each local education agency (those programs supported through federal funds and/or programs that count toward maintenance of effort as determined by the level of spending in 1994-95) will meet BIC standards as determined and approved by the Department.
The Department will determine the appropriate certification agency for all programs.
O Current national program certifying agencies are:
Graphic Arts Education Research Foundation (GAERF) for graphic arts programs.
National Association for Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) for automotive service technology, collision repair technology, and diesel technology programs.
National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) for precision machining programs.
O Current state certifying processes are:
The Department will use the business/industry certification for all programs that do not have a Department-approved national program certification process.
O Any teacher who holds a valid Class B or higher certificate or Alternative certificate, which is based upon a bachelor’s degree or higher, in the career/technical area being taught is considered certified to industry standards.
O Any teacher who does not hold a valid Class B or higher certificate or Alternative certificate, which is based upon a bachelor’s degree or higher, in the career/technical area being taught is required to meet industry certification requirements as determined by the Department.
O Teachers must continually maintain industry certification and/or teacher certification at a Class B or higher level to continue to be employed.