New career, tech classes to be offered

The State Board of Education recently gave final approval to new curriculum standards for about 190 Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, some of which will be offered to students at Rockdale ISD beginning in the 2010-11 school year, according to Penny Curry, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The standards, called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), update and streamline CTE courses offered in Texas public schools. In recent years, more than 600 CTE courses were available to be taught in Texas schools. The updated standards were written by teams of Texas secondary and postsecondary educators, business leaders and communit y members, Curr y said.

The courses are organized into 16 categories or clusters. Rockdale ISD will include the following clusters in their course offerings for 2010-11:

• Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

• Business Management and Administration

• Education and Training • Finance • Hospitality and Tourism • Human Services

• Information Technology

• Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Some of the advanced CTE courses can count for a fourth mathematics or science course credit. This will potentially provide more course options to students and subsequent classes who are required to earn four math and science credits as part of their diploma program.

Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) will be available in all clusters. ATC credit allows a high school student to earn college credit for courses taken in high school which meet credit requirements. RHS will be offering these ATC classes for 2010-11.

Certifications and licensures will be available in all clusters offered at RHS. Concentration will center on welding, horticulture, accounting and business computer information systems, Curry said.

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