AB1330

  • Written and presented by Assembly Member Warren T. Furutani (District 55) to the California State Assembly Education Committee Hearing in April 2011 and later passed by the Assembly in Fall 2011, AB1330 is a bill that gives school districts the option of including a course in career-technical education as an alternative to the existing graduation requirement that a student complete a course in visual or performing arts or foreign language.

  • Prior to AB1330, one of the high school graduation requirements for students in California included completion of one year of a course in visual or performing arts or foreign language. In the bill and during his presentation to the Assembly Education Committee, Representative Furutani cited the need for “all pupils (to) have more equitable opportunities to learn skills needed for entry into the workforce, to pursue postsecondary goals, and to contribute to the social cohesion of the state.”

    Further citing the need for workforce preparation, as well as improving graduation and decreasing dropout rates, the bill expresses the intent of the Legislature to prepare students to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st century workplace and be competitive in the global economy. Providing the option for students to take a course in career-technical education to meet one of the high school graduation requirements is one means for students to gain skills in a specific industry and receive direct instruction related to workplace and industry expectations.

  • The California Department of Education defines career-technical education (CTE) as:
    A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

    AB1330 defines a CTE course as:
    “A course in career technical education” means a course in a district-operated career technical education program that is aligned to the career technical model curriculum standards and framework adopted by the state board, including courses through a regional occupational center or program operated by a county superintendent of schools or pursuant to a joint powers agreement. In short, CTE courses blend academic content with a high level of application of core learning, frequently in a hands-on manner. Throughout CTE courses, students gain occupational awareness and skills needed in the workplace.

  • Yes. The California Department of Education published the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards: Grades Seven Through Twelve, which was adopted by the California State Board of Education in May 2005. An update of the CTE Model Curriculum Standards in light of the transition to Common Core Standards was completed in Spring 2013.

  • Yes. Before AB1330, one of the high school graduation requirements included: One year of either Visual/Performing Arts OR Foreign Language (American Sign Language could be taken as to meet the Foreign Language requirement) AB1330 changes this graduation requirement to read as follows:

    One year of either Visual/Performing Arts OR Foreign Language (American Sign Language could be taken as to meet the Foreign Language requirement) OR Career-Technical Education. AB1330 adds the option to take a course in career-technical education to meet this particular graduation requirement.

  • No, with very few exceptions. It is very important to note that the career-technical education course option allowed by AB1330 meets ONLY the high school graduation requirement and DOES NOT take the place of the courses required for admission to CSU or UC. However, there are currently three CTE courses in Modesto City Schools that have been accepted to meet the “f” requirement for the UC admissions process. A student who intends to apply to CSU or UC immediately after high school should review and follow existing CSU/UC admission requirements.

  • No. The admissions requirements for CSU and UC have not changed as a result of the passage of AB1330 and MCS Board action to offer this option.

  • The governing board of an LEA may elect this option if it:

    1. Provides parents, teachers, students and the public with specific information at a regular public meeting of the board regarding:
      1. The intent to offer this option
      2. The impact offering these courses will have on the availability of courses which meet University of California and California State University admission requirements
      3. Whether the courses approved satisfy the admission requirements of the University of California and California State University
      4. The differences between district and state high school graduation requirements and the University of California and California State University admission requirements
    2. Includes in existing high school notification requirements information about how each graduation requirement of the district satisfies, or does not satisfy, college admission requirements.
    3. Includes in existing high school notification requirements a list of career technical education courses offered by the school district that includes which, if any, university admission requirements each meets.
    4. Reports required information to the CDE regarding use of the program, including the reasons pupils give for choosing to enroll in CTE courses to satisfy the graduation requirement.
  • The Modesto City Schools Board of Education approved this option at its regular meeting on June 18, 2012.

  • Board of Education Agenda Item

  • MCS High School Graduation Requirements

  • Balloting occurs during the spring of each school year to select courses for the following year. At this time, students elected their required and elective course choices. In the following months, school site counselors and other staff made some changes to ensure students selected the appropriate courses based on their course needs for graduation. The career-technical course option for graduation was approved by the Board in June 2012, after balloting for 2012-13 had already occurred.

    While a student can make a request for class change in the first couple of weeks of school, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests as school site master schedules and student class schedules have been set. As with many other courses, the ability of a student to take a specific course s/he desires to meet the Visual & Performing Art OR Foreign Language OR Career Technical Education high school graduation requirement is based on the student’s scheduling needs to be on track for graduation, as well as the availability of courses and programs at his/her high school site.

  • CA Dept. of Education High School Graduation Requirements

  • Qualified CTE courses