Attention: All Technology and Engineering Educators
Date: December 7, 2014
Re: Proposed Rule Making – Pathways to Graduation
NYSTEEA is concerned that as the language currently stands, implementation of the pathways will actually obstruct the career and STEM based reforms that are intended. NYSTEEA has submitted a letter to Commissioner Tangorra (briefly outlined below) explaining our concerns and offering recommendations for moving forward.
Now it is time for you to respond to SED! Your input is vital to echo the comments of NYSTEEA and other CTE organizations supporting the concept of graduation pathway options but expressing concerns about the current Rule Making language and the possible negative effects that it could have on local CTE programs.
PLEASE make your voice heard and ask others in your network to do so as well. It is imperative that SED hear from all education stakeholders including parents and students, school faculty, staff, and board members, as well as business, industry, and community partners.
NYSTEEA has created talking points for you to consider when responding to the Proposed Rule Making. Act now because the last day to respond is December 19, 2014. NYSTEEA’s complete letter and speaking points as well as the referenced SED documents are posted at www.nysteea.org.
Briefly, NYSTEEA expressed the following concerns with the Proposed Rule Making:
1. The language creates a two tiered system that will incentivize schools to not offer technology education (or other CTE) courses and programs,
2. The language does not clearly support and encourage school implementation and development of “Pathways that utilize career-focused integrated course and programs”, and
3. The language misrepresents the term “STEM” by only acknowledging a mathematics or science assessment substitution and negates the Technology and Engineering component, which is critical to the concept of STEM.
NYSTEEA made these recommendations for moving forward:
1. To only allow for an exam to be substituted in place of a social studies Regents exam if a student has completed an equal pathway of courses and experiences that expose students to career content, financial literacy, and a related school to work experience.
2. To develop universal criteria for pathways to graduation in each of the identified areas (Humanities, STEM, CTE, LOTE and the Arts), which should include a school to work experience, career exploration course content, financial literacy course content, and an equal amount of seat time required in and across all pathways offered to New York State students.
3. To include technology and engineering education programs in any/all efforts the NYSED is labeling as STEM, or change the label to math/science. In which case, the Board of Regents could identify a Math & Science Graduation Pathway, develop and allow for the substitution of a Regents exam in technological literacy, or endorse the use of the International Technology & Engineering Education Association’s capstone exam for Engineering By Design, or develop and allow for the substitution of a Regents examination in Career & Financial Management, which could be used for technology and engineering as well as any CTE graduation pathways.
Thank you in advance for making your voice heard and standing up for our students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alta Jo Longware
NYSTEEA President 2014-15
Graduation Pathways: Technology Education Perspective
Technology Education: Description: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/