Establishes a career and technical education (CTE) diploma; a CTE pathway to a diploma shall be based on a curriculum designed to provide students with technical skills and shall demonstrate that the student is ready for a career as determined by regulations of the commissioner.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a career and technical education diploma
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would create a Career and Technical Education (CTE) diploma. The establishment of a CTE diploma would provide a new alternative pathway to a high school graduation that incorporates career focused education classes and curriculum into school programs thereby producing more highly skilled workers for New York State's technical and manufacturing industries.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 817 to read as follows:
§ 817. Career and technical education diploma. 1.a. A career, and technical, education (CTE) diploma is hereby established. A CTE diploma shall:
(i) he a graduation diploma that confers the same benefits for students that are conferred by a regents or local diploma;
(ii) differ from the regents or local diploma pathway with respect to required assessments; and
(iii) provide a pathway for students with disabilities.
b. A CTE diploma shall be based on curriculum designed to provide students with, technical skills and shall demonstrate that the student is ready for a career as determined by regulations of the commissioner.
c. For purposes of this section, a career and technical education shall include, but not be limited to a course of study it the following career fields: agriculture, business and marketing, family and consumer sciences, health occupations, trade, technology, manufacturing, machining and engineering.
2. The board of regents shall promulgate such regulations of the commissioner as may be necessary to establish the curriculum, assessments and any other criteria that students must achieve to earn a CTE diploma.
3. Students who entered high school in the two thousand thirteen-two thousand fourteen school year and thereafter shall be eligible to earn a CTE diploma.
JUSTIFICATION: Today's manufacturing and technical jobs often require special skill sets and can offer above average salaries and benefits; however, a shortage of skilled applicants in technical and manufacturing applications is becoming a burden to New York State business owners. The creation of a specialized technical education diploma referred to as a CTE diploma will chart a new pathway to high-school graduation. Creating a CTE pathway to graduation would encourage students in welding, culinary, green energy, health
services, mechanical technology, computer systems and networking and other technical education programs to advance to a two-year institution or a certificate based program - decreasing overall dropout rates and closing New York State's middle skills job gap. A CTE diploma pathway will also teach the skills students need to attain jobs in a variety of industries, including high-tech manufacturing, nanotechnology, cybersecurity, biosciences and more.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on July 1, 2015
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5966 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE October 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a career and technical education diploma THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 817 to read as follows: S 817. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA. 1. A. A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) DIPLOMA IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED. A CTE DIPLOMA SHALL: (I) BE A GRADUATION DIPLOMA THAT CONFERS THE SAME BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS THAT ARE CONFERRED BY A REGENTS OR LOCAL DIPLOMA; (II) DIFFER FROM THE REGENTS OR LOCAL DIPLOMA PATHWAY WITH RESPECT TO REQUIRED ASSESSMENTS; AND (III) PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. B. A CTE DIPLOMA SHALL BE BASED ON CURRICULUM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH TECHNICAL SKILLS AND SHALL DEMONSTRATE THAT THE STUDENT IS READY FOR A CAREER AS DETERMINED BY REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER. C. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, A COURSE OF STUDY IN THE FOLLOWING CAREER FIELDS: AGRICULTURE, BUSINESS AND MARKETING, FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES, HEALTH OCCUPATIONS, TRADE, TECHNOLOGY, MANUFACTURING, MACHIN- ING AND ENGINEERING. 2. THE BOARD OF REGENTS SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH THE CURRICULUM, ASSESS- MENTS AND ANY OTHER CRITERIA THAT STUDENTS MUST ACHIEVE TO EARN A CTE DIPLOMA. 3. STUDENTS WHO ENTERED HIGH SCHOOL IN THE TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN - TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN SCHOOL YEAR AND THEREAFTER SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO EARN A CTE DIPLOMA.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11824-01-3 S. 5966 2
S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015; provided, further, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.