Career Pathway Reviews

Overview

Career Pathway Reviews

SREB’s career pathway review process helps schools, districts and regional consortia of secondary, postsecondary and industry partners determine whether their existing CTE programs align with opportunities for students to earn credentials and degrees and launch careers in high-demand fields — and meet Perkins V requirements for comprehensive local needs assessments.

These reviews can also help both rural consortia of schools or large, urban districts efficiently and equitably serve diverse students in comprehensive high schools or shared-time technology centers.

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The Career Pathway Review Process

Like SREB’s curriculum and instruction reviews, career pathway reviews include analyses of multiple data sources — including student achievement data, demographic data and workforce data — as well as interviews and focus group discussions with key shareholders, classroom observations and reviews of classroom plans and assessments.

During a career pathway review, SREB staff and teams of educators and business and industry partners convene to gather data and analyze findings.

Career pathway reviews help states, districts or schools understand whether their pathways and CTE programs:

  • are aligned with labor market needs
  • prepare CTE students for postsecondary programs
  • offer challenging, non-duplicative sequences of career pathway courses in secondary, postsecondary and workplace settings
  • lead to the attainment of a credential of value by age 25
  • feature intellectually demanding, authentic assignments in every course
  • develop CTE teachers’ capacity through ongoing professional development

SREB recommends that states, districts or schools follow career pathway reviews with a career pathway leadership workshop or site development workshop. SREB can also work with states and districts to use review results to develop career pathways that create pipelines to high-skill, high-wage jobs in high-demand fields.