State-Approved Technical Skill Assessments for Career and Technical Education Programs

To: Chief Academic Officers, Deans, and Perkins Consortia Contacts

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 sets an expectation that career and technical education concentrators are assessed for their attainment of technical skills using valid and reliable assessment instruments aligned with industry standards where available and appropriate.

Minnesota continued its state process to identify core competencies and assessment tools for technical skill attainment for programs of study in the career pathways listed below in the 2013-14 school year:

Agribusiness System
Audio/Video Technology and Film
Biotechnology Research & Development – Health Science
Business Information Management
Correction Services
Counseling and Mental Health Services
Design/ Pre-construction
Family and Community Services
General Management
Human Resources Management
Information Support and Services
Maintenance, Installation, and Repair
Operations Management
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems

Memo sent to Chief Academic Officers, Deans and Perkins Consortia Contacts (PDF)
List of state-approved technical skill assessments for these pathways (PDF)
Position paper on the implementation of technical skill assessments (PDF)

For more information contact: JoAnn Simser, Ed.D., State Director of Career and Technical Education System Director Perkins, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities,, 651-201-1650 or visit the Technical Skill Attainment: The Minnesota CTE Assessment Project website.

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