CTE Glossary

Use this alphabetical glossary to find the meanings of acronyms and phrases commonly used in career and technical education and work-based learning in Texas.  Scroll through the pages or enter the acronym or key word in the Search tool to find its definition.


AARAcademic Achievement Record
ABEAdult Basic Education
ACESAdult and Community Education System
ACRNAmerica’s Career Resource Network
ACTCollege Entrance Exam
ACTEAssociation for Career and Technical Education
ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
ADAAverage Daily Attendance
Advisory CommitteeA group of local citizens representing parents, business, industry, and education who advise and support local Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
AEISAcademic Excellence Indicator System
AFTAmerican Federation of Teachers
All aspects of an industryThe Perkins Act defines "all aspects of an industry" as: “strong experience in, and comprehensive understanding of, the industry that the individual is preparing to enter, including information as described in section 118.”
Source: Perkins Act 2006, Sec 3. Definitions (2)
AMAOAnnual Measurable Achievement Objectives
APAdvanced Placement
ApprenticeshipAn apprenticeship combines paid on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction.
ARDAdmission Review and Dismissal
ARRAAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act
ASFAvailable School Fund
AskTEDTexas Education Directory (see also TED)
ATCAdvanced Technical Credit
ATTEAssociation of Texas Technology Education (state affiliate of ITEA)
AYPAdequate Yearly Progress
BLSBureau of Labor Statistics
BPABusiness Professionals of America
BTIMBeginning Teacher Induction Mentoring program
CARConsolidated Annual Report
Career developmentCareer development, in its broadest meaning, is a lifelong process that involves obtaining the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to advance along a selected career path.
Career DevelopmentIn Texas, when the term Career Development is capitalized, it refers to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Career Development found in Chapter 127 of the Texas Education Code
Career ExplorationIn Texas, career exploration is an intentional process that helps young people learn about the world of work, assess their interests and skills, and investigate career opportunities.
Career preparationThe process of preparing an individual for a career.
Career Preparation In Texas, when Career Preparation is capitalized it refers to specific work-based learning courses found in the TEKS under Chapter 127 of the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 2 (Career Preparation I and Career Preparation II).
CCLS21st Century Community Learning Centers
CCSSOCouncil of Chief State School Officers
CIRCLECenter for Improving the Readiness of Children for Reading and Education
CISCommunities In Schools
CLEPCollege-Level Examination Program
Coherent Sequence of Courses (PEIMS)Two or more Career and Technical Education courses that count for three or more credits on a student’s personal graduation plan.
Coherent Sequence of Courses (FHSP)For the purpose of earning a Texas High School Diploma endorsement under the Texas Foundation High School Program, students must complete a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster, including at least one advanced CTE course which includes any course that is the third or higher course in a sequence. The courses may be selected from all CTE career clusters, career development courses, or approved CTE innovative courses.
COINEBSCO’s Career Guidance System
Co-opCooperative Education
Cooperative EducationFor the purpose of career and technical education, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 defines cooperative education as follows:
The term ‘cooperative education’ means a method of instruction for individuals who, through written cooperative arrangements between a school and employers, receive instruction, including required rigorous and challenging academic courses and related career and technical education instruction, by alternation of study in school with a job in any occupational field, which alternation

  • (A) shall be planned and supervised by the school and employer so that each contributes to the education and employability of the individual; and

  • (B) may include an arrangement in which work periods and school attendance may be on alternate half days, full days, weeks, or other periods of time in fulfilling the cooperative program.

Source: Perkins Act 2006, Sec 3. Definitions (9)
CPCareer Preparation
CRTCriterion Referenced Test
CSHCoordinated School Health
CSTSCharter Schools Tracking System
CTATCareer and Technical Association of Texas
CTECareer and Technical Education
CTEDCareer Technical Education for the Disabled
CTSOCareer and Technical Student Organization
CTSPCareer and Technical Special Populations
DAEPDisciplinary Alternative Education Program
DAPDistinguished Achievement Program
DATEDistrict Awards for Teacher Excellence
DECAMarketing education student leadership organization
DIRCData and Information Review Committee
DOCU.S. Department of Commerce
DOLU.S. Department of Labor
EDEmotionally Disturbed
EDAExisting Debt Allotment
EDIT+Web-based software application resource to submit PEIMS data via Internet
EEOCU.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
ELLEnglish Language Learners
EMATEducational Materials Online
Employer/Training Site Affiliation AgreementsA written agreement between the school and the business/employer acknowledging one another’s roles and responsibilities in providing meaningful work-based learning experiences to students.
ESCEducational Service Center
ESEAElementary and Secondary Education Act
ESYExtended School Year
ETACEducation Technology Advisory Committee
ExCETExamination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (also see TExES)
FAPEFree Appropriate Public Education
FASRGFinancial Accountability System Resource Guide
FBLAFuture Business Leaders of America
FCCLAFamily, Career and Community Leaders of America
FCSCPFamily and Consumer Sciences Career Preparation
FCSTATFamily and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association of Texas
FERPAFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFAAgriculture education student leadership organization
FHSPFoundation High School Program
FIRSTFinancial Integrity Rating System of Texas
FLSAFair Labor Standards Act
FSPFoundation School Program
FTEFull Time Equivalent
GEDGeneral Education Development
GEEGGovernor’s Educator Excellence Grant
HEATHospitality Educators Association of Texas
HOSAHealth Occupations Students of America
HSTWHigh Schools That Work
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEPIndividualized Education Plan
IFAInstructional Facilities Allotment
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Source: NACE website
ITEEAInternational Technology and Engineering Educators Association
ITPIndividualized Transition Plan
Job ShadowingJob shadowing is a form of career exploration where a student learns about a particular job by following a worker throughout the day – like a shadow.
LDLearning Disabled
LEALocal Education Agency
LEPLimited English Proficient - Student Success Initiative
LFALocal Fund Assignment
LMCILabor Market and Career Information
LRELeast Restrictive Environment
MenteeA person who is being mentored.
MentorA more experienced and more knowledgeable person who guides a less experienced, less knowledgeable person, usually over an extended period of time.
MentorshipA mentorship is a one-to-one, personal or professional relationship in which a more experienced and more knowledgeable person guides a less experienced, less knowledgeable person. The relationship usually lasts for an extended period or until the person who is being mentored is able to function at the desired level.
METMarketing Educators of Texas
MICMathematics Instructional Coaches Pilot Program
MOAMethods of Administration (formerly PAR)
MOEMaintenance of Effort (connected with IDEA and NCLB Acts)
NACACNational Association for College Admission Counseling
NAEPNational Assessment of Educational Progress (aka “Nation’s Report Card”)
NAICSNorth American Industry Classification System
NBPTSNational Board of Professional Teaching Standards
NCLBNo Child Left Behind
NEANational Education Association
NHRNational Honor Roll
NHSNational Honor Society
NOCTINational Occupational Competency Testing Institute
NOGANotice of Grant Award
NTHSNational Technical Honor Society
O*NETOccupational Information Network
OCROffice of Civil Rights
OCTAEOffice of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (new name for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education - OVAE)
OEYPOptional Extended Year Program
On-The-Job TrainingOccupational training that occurs at the worksite where the trainee performs a job under the supervision of an instructor or more experienced worker. The trainee is normally paid but at a reduced rate.
OSHAOccupational Safety and Health Administration
PARProgram Access Review
PBLProject-based Learning
PBMPerformance-Based Monitoring
PBMASPerformance-Based Monitoring Analysis System
PEGPublic Education Grant
PEIMSPublic Education Information Management System
PELPre-Employment Laboratory (also see PELE)
PELE Pre-Employment Laboratory Education
PERProgram Effective Reports
PGAPerkins Grant Application
PGPPersonalized Graduation Plan
PIAPublic Information Act
PIDPerson Identification Database
PKESPrekindergarten Early Start Grant
PLPPersonalized Learning Plan
PLTWProject Lead The Way
PMIProgram Monitoring and Interventions
POSPrograms of Study
PracticumAn advanced level course, often in a specialized field of study, where a student has an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills he or she is learning in class to a work experience.
Pre-ApprenticeshipA program designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. Pre-Apprenticeship programs must have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor.
Program of StudyIn career and technical education in Texas, the phrase program of study refers to a recommended sequence of coursework for secondary and post-secondary education and career preparation based on a student’s interest or career goal.
ProtégéPerson under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.
PRSPregnancy Related Services
PSFPermanent School Fund
QCSBQualified School Construction Bond
Registered ApprenticeshipAn apprenticeship program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and meets all federal and state standards.
RHSPRecommended High School Program (RHSP was replaced by the Texas Foundation High School Program starting in the 2014-2015 school year.)
RTIResponse to Intervention
SAAState Apprenticeship Agency
SAAHStudent Attendance Accounting Handbook
SAISpecial Accreditation Investigation
SBECState Board for Educator Certification
SBOEState Board of Education
SCEState Compensatory Education
SENSStatewide Education Notification System
SESSupplemental Educational Services
SHARSSchool Health & Related Services
SIC CodeStandard Industrial Classification Code
SIPSchool Improvement Program
SkillsUSATrade and industrial education student leadership organization
SOQStatement of Qualifications
SPEDSpecial Education
SRCSSchool Readiness Certification System
STAAR™ State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (replaced the TAKS)
TAASTexas Assessment of Academic Skills
TACTexas Administrative Code
TAFETexas Association of Future Educators
TAKSTexas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (replaced by STAAR™
TAPTexas Achievement Plan
TASPTexas Assessment of Skills and Proficiencies
TBTETexas Business and Technology Educators Association
TCERTexas Center for Educational Research
TCTETexas Career and Technology Educators
TEATexas Education Agency
TECTexas Education Code
TEDTexas Education Directory (see also AskTED)
TEKSTexas Essential Knowledge and Skills
TELPASTexas English Language Proficiency Assessment System
TExESTexas Examination of Educator Standards (replacement for the ExCET)
THECBTexas Higher Education Coordinating Board
THOATexas Health Occupations Association
TIVATexas Industrial Vocational Association
TPEIRTexas PK-16 Public Education Information Resource
TPExTexas Record Exchange
TPMTexas Projection Measure
Training Plan AgreementWritten agreement between the school and the training sponsor for each student enrolled in a work-based instructional component of a career preparation or practicum course that communicates basic expectations and points of agreement between the student, parent/guardian, training sponsor, and work-based learning (WBL) instructor. Training Plan Agreements are designed to ensure that each student receives classroom instruction coordinated with work-based instruction to develop the essential knowledge and skills identified for the chosen training area.
Training SiteBusiness or organization where the student is placed for work-based instruction.
Training SponsorPerson serving as the student’s supervisor at the work-based training site.
Training StationSpecific workstation at the training site where the student is provided occupationally specific training experiences in accordance with the training plan.
TSATechnology Students Association
TSBVITexas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
TSDTexas School for the Deaf
TSIITexas School Improvement Initiative
TSR!Texas School Ready Program! (formerly TEEM-Texas Early Education Model)
TSTATexas State Teachers Association
T-STEMTexas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative
TWCTexas Workforce Commission
TXPEPTexas Principal Excellence Program
TxVSNTexas Virtual School Network
UILUniversity Interscholastic League
VATATVocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas
Vocational EducationPlanned series of learning experiences that prepare students for gainful employment in specific trades, crafts, and careers at various levels. Vocational education may or may not include some form of on-the-job training.
WADAWeighted Average Daily Attendance
WBLWork-based Learning
WebERWeb Expenditure Reporting (now referred as Expenditure Report (ER))
WIAWorkforce Investment Act
Work ReleasePermission from a school administrator which allows a student to be released from school to leave campus for the purpose of working.
Work-based learning (WBL)An instructional method that links work experience with school-based instruction to promote critical thinking, foster social and psychological development, and enhance career and workplace-related knowledge.
Work-study ProgramA federal financial aid program at the post-secondary level that provides funds for part-time employment of needy students to finance the costs of post-secondary education. No school credits are earned by the student.