Career Pathways


The Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Quality, Division of Career and Adult Education (DCAE) is responsible for overseeing the Department’s annual audit of Florida’s secondary and postsecondary CTE programs.

Keith Richard, Ph.D.
Statewide Director of Career and Technical Education Quality

325 W. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Keith.Richard@fldoe.org

For additional information regarding the CTE audit, please email us at CTEaudit@fldoe.org.

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Career & Technical Education Audit Overview

On January 30, 2019 Executive Order 19-31 (PDF) charted a course for Florida to become number 1 in the nation for workforce education by 2030. The CTE audit conducted in accordance with Executive Order 19-31 (PDF) and section 1003.491(5), Florida Statutes, was codified in statute by HB 7071 (PDF) in 2019.

Executive Order 19-31 (PDF) directed the Education Commissioner to develop a methodology and to audit CTE offerings in the state on a recurring basis. Per the Executive Order, the audit should include:

  • An analysis of alignment with certificate or degree programs offered at the K-12 and postsecondary levels;
  • An analysis of alignment with professional level industry certifications;
  • An analysis of alignment with high-growth, high-demand and high wage employment opportunities; and
  • A review of student outcomes such as academic achievement, college readiness, postsecondary enrollment, credential attainment and attainment of industry certifications.

The department developed a methodology for the annual CTE audit that measures program quality to ensure alignment between the state’s CTE programs and Florida’s established economic and workforce priorities. Phase 1 was the statewide review of programs, Phase 2 was the local program review and Phase 3 was the sharing of information and best practices.

To accomplish the goals and vision of the Governor’s executive order, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) worked with CareerSource Florida, the Department of Economic Opportunity, the Board of Governors, the Florida College System, school districts and business and industry leaders to develop an audit methodology that ensures our CTE offerings are high performing programs that are also aligned with market demands.

Audit Results

Phase 1: Statewide Review of Programs

In Phase 1 of the CTE audit, the Department developed a methodology to measure each CTE program’s Labor Market Demand (Market Demand) and Institutional Program Performance at the statewide level. All active and new CTE programs were measured separately for Market Demand and Institutional Program Performance. Market Demand (whether the program trains students for an in-demand, high-quality occupation) was evaluated using four criteria to determine if a program demonstrated Market Demand. Programs were required to meet at least one of the market demand indicators. Institutional Program Performance was evaluated (the retention, success, and outcomes of students enrolled in a program) utilizing four criteria for postsecondary programs and three criteria for secondary programs.

On January 24, 2020, Phase 1 was concluded with the department hosting a webinar summarizing Phase 1 audit results. The statewide analyses of Market Demand and Institutional Program Performance for secondary and postsecondary CTE programs accounted for each program once across all institutions, regardless of how many institutions offered the program.

As a result of the statewide review, each career preparatory, technology education and postsecondary program was categorized into one of the following four groups:

  • Program met benchmarks (statewide) – no further action was required
  • Program did not meet Market Demand benchmarks (statewide) – progressed for further review of local Market Demand
  • Program did not meet Institutional Program Performance benchmarks (statewide) – progressed for further review of local Institutional Program Performance
  • Program did not meet Market Demand and Institutional Program Performance benchmarks (statewide) – progressed for further review of local Market Demand and local Institutional Program Performance

The methodology used in Phase 1 to measure statewide Market Demand and statewide Institutional Program Performance is located in the document below:

Phase 1 statewide Market Demand and statewide Institutional Program Performance measurements (PDF)

Phase 2: Local Program Review

In Phase 2 of the CTE audit, programs that did not meet benchmarks on Market Demand or Institutional Program Performance in Phase 1 underwent local program reviews. On February 3, 2020, the department emailed memos and templates to every district and institution that offered the identified programs requiring a local program review.

Institutions with programs that progressed to local review returned completed templates to the department. The department convened a team of DCAE and Division of Florida Colleges (DFC) reviewers to evaluate local program reviews of secondary and postsecondary programs. The review team was provided all data collected through the statewide and local program reviews to inform the process. DCAE and DFC senior leadership developed recommendations for action on programs based on the local program reviews of Market Demand and Institutional Program Performance.

The methodology used in Phase 2 to measure local Market Demand and local Institutional Program Performance, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, are located in the document below:

Phase 2 Local Market Demand and Local Institutional Program Performance Measurements (PDF)

Phase 2 – Market Demand – Local Program Reviews

In Phase 2 there were two track options (Track A and Track B) to demonstrate local Market Demand in the CTE audit. In Track A, programs were evaluated for local Market Demand using districts’/ institutions’ Labor Market Alignment (LMA) documentation from their Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) as part of their 2020 Perkins V application package. This accounted for the majority of programs that were sent for a local review of Market Demand in the CTE audit. Programs in Track A were submitted through the standard Perkins V process.

For Track B, to demonstrate local Market Demand for the CTE audit, the districts/ institutions were required to submit an additional online form if their program was not reported on their 2020 Perkins V CLNA LMA. Track B was a template created by the DCAE team to capture similar information found in the Perkins V CLNA LMA, and allowed these programs to submit similar types of evidence of local Market Demand that would have appeared on Track A submissions. Programs in Track B were submitted through a Google Form. The Track B Market Demand template submission deadline was June 30, 2020.

Additional information on the submission process for Track A and Track B local Market Demand is located below:

Phase 2 – Institutional Program Performance – Local Program Reviews

In Phase 2, programs that did not meet Institutional Program Performance benchmarks in Phase 1 and programs with insufficient data to assess Institutional Program Performance in Phase 1 were sent for local program review. Local Institutional Program Performance reviews were designed to provide additional information about each program at each district/ institution offering the program. In the first year of the audit, the department requested programs to submit their most recent existing program evaluation accompanied by a survey regarding the program’s status. This information was captured via the Program Status Templates and the submission deadline was June 30, 2020. The local Institutional Program Performance (Program Status Templates) were submitted through a Google Form.

Additional resources provided for Institutional Program Performance Templates are located below.

CTE Audit Year One Report (PDF)
  • Webinar on Florida CTE Audit Year One Findings – January 29, 2021 (PDF)
  • The outstanding Best Practices for locally reviewing programs in the first cycle of the CTE Audit include:

    • Using multiple measures of to evaluate Institutional Program Performance
    • Use a mixed methods approach (quantitative and qualitative data analysis)
    • Analyze data trends over multiple academic years
    • Identify areas for targeted improvement plans

    The CTE audit continues to be a valuable means to assess for program quality and local Market Demand, with the second cycle of the audit seeking to build upon the successes and lessons learned of the first year. The Commissioner of Education will make recommendations to the governor to strengthen CTE programs and to eliminate CTE offerings that are not aligned to market demands.

    Correspondence

    Presentations & Meetings

    • Webinar on Florida CTE Local Level Data Pull – October 25, 2021
    • Update by “Office of CTE Quality Staff” to FCS MISATFOR meeting – October 12, 2021
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard and “Office of CTE Quality Staff” at the 55th Annual FACTE Conference and Trade Show – July 20, 2021
    • Update by Chancellor Henry Mack to Florida College System Council of Presidents – May 21, 2021
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to FCS MISATFOR meeting – May 20, 2021
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to District WEEDAC Virtual Spring Conference – April 21, 2021
    • Update by Chancellor Henry Mack to Florida College System Council of Presidents – March, 15, 2021
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to Statewide District Postsecondary CTE Directors Quarterly Webinar – February 22, 2021
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to FCS Council on Workforce Education – February 12, 2021
    • Webinar on Florida CTE Audit Year One Findings – January 29, 2021
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to Statewide District Secondary CTE Directors Quarterly Webinar – January 25, 2021
    • Update by Chancellor Henry Mack to Florida College System Council of Presidents – January 15,2021
    • Presentation by Dr. Keith Richard to Southern Regional Education Board Legislators Webinar – December 16, 2020
    • Webinar by Dr. Keith Richard at the 54th Annual FACTE Conference and Trade Show – November 17, 2020
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to Statewide District Postsecondary CTE Directors Quarterly Webinar – November 09, 2020
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to FCS MISTAFOR meeting – November 9, 2020
    • Update by Chancellor Henry Mack to Florida College System Council of Presidents – October 16, 2020
    • Presentation by Dr. Keith Richard to FCS Council on Instructional Affairs/Council on Student Affairs/Council on Workforce Education – October 7 – 8, 2020
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to Statewide District Secondary CTE Directors Quarterly Webinar – September 21, 2020
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to Statewide District Postsecondary CTE Directors Quarterly Webinar – September 14, 2020
    • Update by Chancellor Henry Mack to Florida College System Council of Presidents – August 28, 2020
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard to Statewide District Secondary CTE Directors Quarterly Webinar – July 28, 2020
    • Update by Dr. Keith Richard at FCS MISTAFOR meeting – June 2,2020
    • Webinar on Florida CTE Audit: Institutional Program Performance (Program Status) Template – February 4, 2020
    • Webinar on Florida's CTE Audit: Statewide Review of Programs – January 24, 2020
    • Presentation by Dr. Carrie Henderson and Tara Goodman at the FADSS Leadership Conference – January 22, 2020
    • Presentation by Chancellor Henry Mack, Tara Goodman and Kathleen Taylor at the Secondary CTE Director’s meeting – December 11, 2019
    • Presentation by Chancellor Henry Mack and Tara Goodman at Secondary CTE Director’s Meeting – December 5, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Advisory Committee – November 22, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Advisory Committee – October 31, 2019
    • Presentation by Tara Goodman at District WEDDAC Meeting – October 23, 2019
    • Presentation by Dr. Carrie Henderson to Council on Instructional Affairs/Council on Student Affairs/Council for Workforce Education – October 10, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Advisory Committee – September 16, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Expert Groups – August 7, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Expert Groups – August 6, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Expert Groups – July 26, 2019
    • Presentation by Chancellor Eric Hall at the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education Summer Conference – July 17, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Secondary Expert Group – July 8, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Postsecondary Expert Group – July 5, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Business/Industry Expert Group – July 3, 2019
    • Webinar with CTE Audit Expert Groups – June 20, 2019
    • Presentation by Chancellor Eric Hall at Perkins V State Plan Implementation Summit – June 18, 2019
    • Presentation by Dr. Carrie Henderson to Council on Instructional Affairs/Council on Student Affairs – June 13, 2019
    • Webinar with Advisory Committee for Florida’s Career and Technical Education Audit – June 10, 2019
    • Update by Chancellor Eric Hall to Florida College System Council of Presidents – June 7, 2019
    • Presentation by Tara Goodman at the Northwest Florida Career Pathways meeting – June 5, 2019
    • Advisory Committee meeting for Florida’s Career and Technical Education Audit – May 28, 2019
    • Update by Chancellor Rod Duckworth to the Statewide Secondary CTE Directors – May 6, 2019
    • Presentation by Dr. Carrie Henderson to MISATFOR – April 24, 2019
    • Presentation by Tara Goodman to WEDDAC – April 23, 2019
    • State Board of Education Meeting - March 19, 2019 (2:00:33- 2:11:57)
    • Presentation by Chancellor Kathy Hebda to Council on Instructional Affairs/Council on Student Affairs – February 21, 2019
    • Presentation by Chancellor Rod Duckworth to Statewide District Secondary CTE Directors – February 20, 2019
    • House Education Committee Meeting – February 5, 2019