2014 Sessions and Materials

The 2014 National Association of Career Technical Education Information (NACTEI) Conference on May 6–8, 2014, is designed to promote the development and improvement of career-technical education information, finance and accountability systems. Several data quality sessions will be offered during the conference, presented by state representatives, OCTAE staff, and expert researchers. Information about and presentations from the sessions are available on this page.

Conference Materials

May 6-8, 2014


Len Lintner, Program Officer, DATE, OCTAE, USDOE

Jose Figueroa, Education Program Specialist, DATE, OCTAE, USDOE

Perkins Calendar and OCTAE Guidance for State and Local Agencies

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education will present OCTAE's work calendar as well as guidance pertaining to fundamental program requirements. OCTAE also will provide suggestions on how to effectively: (1) complete, submit and certify the Consolidated Annual Report (CAR); (2) develop and submit State Plan revisions or amendments; (3) negotiate Final Agreed Upon Performance Levels (FAUPL); and (4) create effective State Improvement Plans and Quarterly State Improvement Reports. Participants will have an opportunity to review the check sheets that OCTAE uses to evaluate CAR and State Plan submissions and receive guidance regarding state monitoring processes and requirements, particularly relating to the effective development of local applications and local improvement plans.

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John Haigh, Chief, Performance and Accountability Branch, DATE, OCTAE, USDOE

Into the Home Stretch

This presentation will review and analyze CTE data submitted by states over the past three years. The analysis will include a review of enrollment and core indicator performance from a national perspective. Time will be allowed for discussion and feedback from states on data collection and presentations.


Dale King, Director of Family Compliance Office, US Department of Education

Gretchen Koch, Executive Director, Workforce Development Programs, CompTIA

Bob Sheets, Director of Research, Business Innovation Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Certification Data Exchange Project

This multi-year project is based on a need for a national data exchange clearinghouse that will allow states and educational institutions to gain access to data on industry-recognized certifications earned by students. The session will review updates and progress, including how your state can participate.


Sharon Head, Program Specialist, DATE, OCTAE, USDOE

John Vavricka, Program Director, Digital Learning & Information Management, RTI International

Getting the Most Out of the New Perkins Web Portal (CAR)

During this session, OCTAE and RTI International will provide a brief overview of the new Perkins Web Portal that launched in fall 2013. We will demonstrate the new system, introduce features added since the launch, and discuss planned improvements. The session will also include time to hear and collect state feedback about the CAR reporting process, including benefits, challenges, and suggestions for the future. DATE lead staff and representatives from the contractor who developed the system will be on hand to answer questions.

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Lee Janis, Director, Economic Development and Employer Planning System

Economic Development and Employer Planning System (EDEPS)

EDEPS Occupational Supply Demand combines national and state-level occupational characteristics, employment projections, wage trends, and industry employment (demand) with postsecondary graduation data (supply) for analysis of labor markets and training options. The website provides units of analysis (clusters) that relate structured training programs to occupations. EDEPS helps education program planners, workforce administrators and others determine labor availability and training program offerings based on the supply demand mix. The system connects high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations with supply/demand information.

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Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, OCTAE, USDOE

New Directions in Data and Performance Measurement

OCTAE's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Strategic Initiatives will describe the Department's vision for CTE and talk with attendees about data and performance initiatives.


Tara McLarnon, Director of Research and Evaluation, Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education

The Use of Industry Certifications in Federal and State Initiatives— Lessons Learned from Florida

The state of Florida has seen exponential growth in the use of industry certifications for both federal and state initiatives. This presentation will focus on the current review process used, the various ways in which industry certifications are being used, and lessons learned in reviewing for rigor, relevance and validity.

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Diana Fiedler, Perkins Accountability Specialist, Career, Technical & Adult Education, Montana Office of Public Instruction

Emily Passias, Data Administration Manager, Office of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education

Designing Secondary Data Dashboards: How States Share CTE Information

Presenters will share their dashboards and discuss development considerations, such as target audience, design and implementation, as well as common challenges. Montana's new GEMS (Growth and Enhancement of Montana Students) dashboard and Ohio's School Report Card system use visuals and graphics to share secondary CTE/Perkins data. Data is available in a public site version (some data suppressed) and a private site version (password protected and all data shown).


Scott Parke, Vice Chancellor, Florida College System

Rising to the Stakeholder Challenge to Provide Transparent Employment, Earnings, & Continuing Education Data by College and Program

A perfect storm is on the horizon: as college costs are outpacing inflation, students are taking on additional debt to pursue postsecondary education and student loan default rates are rising. Policymakers, students, and parents are concerned. Postsecondary education's value proposition and economic returns are under greater scrutiny. Relatedly, the push for increased accountability and transparency regarding graduate's labor market outcomes at the institution and program level are gaining traction. Recent US Department of Education Grants call for Employment Results Scorecards and the proposed Student Right to Know Before You Go Act has bipartisan sponsorship. The session will explore the converging national trends and potential policy changes that are fueling the discussion and provide details about Florida's Smart-College-Choices and Beyond Education web portal solutions, which can be tailored and improved upon as others strive to deliver actionable consumer information to students and stakeholders.

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Sandra Staklis, Senior Research Associate, Education and Workforce Development, RTI International

Common Education Data Standards

The Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) project, an initiative sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors. For the past two years, a work group of state CTE data administrators have contributed to the development and refinement of CTE elements in CEDS. This session will explore the CTE data elements in CEDS, discuss possible use cases, and share state efforts to use CEDS and connect CTE information to longtinudinal data systems.

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Gabriela Borcoman, Senior Program Director—Planning, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Dave Pavelchek, Research Manager, Washington State Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board

Designing Postsecondary Data Dashboards: How States Share CTE Information

Presenters will share their dashboards and discuss development considerations, such as target audience, design and implementation, as well as common challenges. Texas will present Perkins Data Resources, used mainly by postsecondary Perkins coordinators and CTE administrators, and Texas CREWS, a consumer tool used by students or potential students of any age and their families. Washington's Career Bridge includes postsecondary CTE outcome data for Perkins and non-Perkins programs as part of a broader career and training search website. It also hosts the Eligible Training Provider list for Workforce Investment Act participants.


Amy Albee-Levine, Director of Federal and State Initiatives, Florida Department of Education

Janet Cooper, State Perkins Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

Anthony Landis, Director, College and Career Transitions, Ohio Board of Regents

The Role of Perkins in Serving Special Populations: Program, Performances, and Accountability Perspectives

A panel of state CTE program, performance, and accountability staff will discuss the various methods they use to collect data and assess the achievement of special populations. Panelists also will discuss how they use the results to disseminate state leadership funds and introduce initiatives designed to promote program quality and student performance. A special focus will be the successes, challenges, and opportunities presented by serving special populations within the Perkins statute. Session participants are invited to share as well as engage in Q&A during the panel discussion.

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Andrew Johnson, Grants Management Specialist, DATE, OCTAE, USDOE

Ted Davis, Arizona

Financial Pitfalls to Avoid

This session will present some of the most common issues identified at the Federal and State levels in Perkins financial reporting. Presenters will focus on Perkins program finance monitoring, Single audit issues, the Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) financial status report (FSR), and local reporting to states. Some common problems and possible pitfalls to avoid will be discussed and audience participation is encouraged, so please bring your questions to this exciting session (remember not all fiscal questions might be answerable right away).

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