Industry-Recognized and State Standards

A standard is defined as a statement of knowledge and skills that students should possess at critical points in their educational career. The requirement for career and technical education (CTE) programs and courses to use industry standards, and the manner in which those standards are chosen, is set forth in Chapter 313, Section 8306-B of Title 20-A of the Maine Revised Statutes. Each Maine CTE program has adopted one or more national or state-level standard tied to the needs of business and industry.

By 2014, all Maine CTE programs will have identified and approved the assessments and certifications required for their students. At the present time, different assessments and certifications may be used at different CTE schools. Some assessments focus on industry-specific skills while others may assess general academic or workplace skills.

The documents below provide additional information about what Maine CTE centers and regions have chosen to use as standards.