Career and Technical Education

The Division of School Improvement, formerly known as the Program Monitoring and Interventions (PMI) Division, develops and implements statewide review processes for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program effectiveness. These processes promote program effectiveness, improve student performance, and monitor compliance for all students served through CTE programs.

Intervention Activities

The agency’s monitoring and intervention activities focus on a data-driven and performance-based system through a continuous improvement model. Activities reflect an emphasis on

  • data integrity and analysis,
  • needs assessment,
  • improvement planning and implementation,
  • monitoring, and
  • progress reporting. 

The CTE program is a part of the Performance-Based Monitoring (PBM) system. PBM uses the Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) to assign required intervention activities based on the district's annual performance on individual indicators and patterns across all indicators.

Districts must collect and analyze data to identify areas for program improvement. Intervention guidance and resources are available to assist districts in conducting the required interventions.

Texas Accountability Intervention System

All districts staged for PBM interventions engage in the Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS). TAIS guides districts and campuses in a continuous improvement process with research-based resources and documents. As the state transitions to a more aligned accountability system, campuses must engage in the TAIS if the district or campus: 

  • is rated Improvement Required (IR) based upon low performance on one or more of the four indexes of the performance index framework;
  • misses one or more system safeguard targets; or
  • is staged for interventions in the PBM system, which includes multiple and single program areas.

The level of support an district or campus receives is determined by:

  • current and longitudinal accountability ratings;
  • current and longitudinal history of the PBM stage(s) of intervention; and
  • system with the highest level of intervention.

Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS) Guidance - Coming soon

On-Site Review

A targeted on-site review is conducted by TEA to address concerns related to substantial, imminent, or ongoing risks reflected in current and longitudinal district data. The on-site procedures manual provides information regarding on-site reviews.

Following an on-site review, the district receives a preliminary on-site report with findings and required actions, which must be presented to the board of trustees or governing board and addressed by the district.

A district must develop or update a targeted improvement plan in response to an on-site review and other data reviews, based upon findings from all data analysis and needs assessment activities. Findings of noncompliance must be presented to the board of trustees or governing board for discussion and action. Under the requirements of Texas Education Code §7.028(b), the board of trustees of a school district, or the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school, has primary responsibility for ensuring that the district, or school, complies with all applicable requirements of state educational programs, including CTE programs. 

The authority to conduct on-site reviews is found in
  • Texas Education Code (TEC) §39.056, On-Site Investigations,TEC §39.057, Special Accreditation Investigations,
  • 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §97. 1071, Special Program Performance: Intervention Stages,
  • 19 TAC §97.1072, Residential Facility Monitoring: Determinations, Investigations, and Sanctions, and
  • if applicable, conditions of the charter school contract and federal statutes and guidelines.

Additional Resources

The information below and the documents on the intervention guidance and resources webpage will help districts and campuses complete required  intervention activities. 

Annual Notification of Nondiscrimination in CTE Programs

Every district providing CTE program must advise students, parents, employees, and the general public that all CTE opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. More information about annual notification requirements is given on the Division of School Improvement CTE Program Access Review webpage.

CTE eGrant Application and Plan Data Review

 Districts staged in CTE must review results of PBMAS indicators that reveal high levels of performance concern and indicators listed as having No Data (ND). Improvement activities must be noted in the CTE Program Effectiveness Report (PER) within the eGrant application for federal Carl D. Perkins funds. Activities include actions taken to improve

  • student performance or address data reporting concerns related to Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) submissions,
  • coding of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or
  • the reporting of technical skill attainment (2S1) in the CTE Program Evaluation Report. 

CTE program staff and Division of School Improvement staff review the PER to ensure improvement activities are incorporated for all areas of low performance.