COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
May 6, 2016
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Students who are enrolled in or complete career and technical education courses or programs are eligible to participate in Virginia’s industry credentialing initiative. The pass/fail data for these students should be reported to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) using the Career and Technical Education Credentialing Data Collection System through the Single Sign-on for Web Systems (SSWS) portal. The “collection window” for submitting these data is now open until July 31, 2016. This should be a one-time data submission. Multiple submissions during the collection window can be made; however, all previously submitted data will be deleted with the most current data submission.
The industry credentialing data will be included on the 2016 Virginia School Report Card and may be used for other state and federal accountability and reporting purposes. The regional technical center’s or the school division’s technical center student credentialing data should be reported with the “home or feeder” school data.
The Board-approved list of industry certification examinations, occupational competency assessments, and state licenses meets the following requirements:
A career and technical education teacher shall earn the industry certification or license before their students can be eligible for the student-selected verified credit. Where certain credentialing entities will not allow teachers to take the related assessment, those teachers are exempt from testing; however, their students are eligible for the student-selected verified credit. The list of exempted credentialing assessments is available on the VDOE Web site.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Career and Technical Education at CTE@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2052.