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PROGRAMS OF STUDY: LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION READINESS AND CAPACITY SELF-ASSESSMENT
Technical Skill Assessments
The POS documentation should be explicit with identifying the credential, certificate,
and degree opportunities that exist upon completion of the program of study. Local ap-
plicants should be encouraged to illustrate multiple POS exit points, if appropriate. The
level of detail required by the state agency in recognizing a local POS may vary, but
should at a minimum list the credential, certificate, and degree opportunities on a Ca-
reer Plan of Study, if that is the chosen template for illustration. If the state approval
agency is seeking to align POS with high skill, high wage, high demand career fields, the
exit award for the POS may be important information.
National, state, and/or local assessments provide ongoing information on the extent to
which students are attaining the necessary knowledge and skills for entry into and ad-
vancement in postsecondary education and careers in their chosen POS.
Well-developed technical skills assessments:
• Measure student attainment of technical skill proficiencies at multiple points during
• Employ industry-approved technical skill assessments based on industry standards,
where available and appropriate.
• Employ state developed and/or approved assessments, particularly where industry-
approved assessments do not exist.
• Result in the awarding of secondary credits, postsecondary credit, or a special des-
ignation on a student’s high school diploma
• Incorporate performance-based assessment items, to the greatest extent possible,
where students must demonstrate the application of their knowledge and skills.