GOALS OF ACHIEVETEXAS:
- Career Clusters and Programs of Study (POS) are an integral part of the Texas education system.
- Every student prepares a personalized graduation plan in middle school to plan for grades 9–16 and beyond. The student chooses a Career Cluster and POS to guide his or her learning in the context of personal career interests. Plans are evaluated and updated annually.
- Clusters span all grades (P–16+). Career awareness begins in elementary school and transitions into career exploration in middle school. Career concentrations in high school help students transition into career preparation in postsecondary. All participants experience career advancement in employment.
- The education system is seamless between high school and postsecondary institutions. Students have opportunities in a POS to earn dual credit and articulated credit that flows seamlessly into postsecondary education or training.
- Partnerships are in place throughout the system. Partnerships are established statewide and locally between business and education. Educational institutions form meaningful partnerships.
- Academics are woven throughout the P–16+ curriculum. There is an integration of academic and technical knowledge and skills within the curriculum. Interdisciplinary teaching takes place and academics are taught in context. Curriculum alignment occurs between secondary and postsecondary education.
- Career guidance is dramatically enhanced. All students have access to quality assessment and career information resources. Career counseling is provided with a strong emphasis on career and college readiness.
- All students take part in extended learning opportunities. Every student chooses extended learning experiences such as service learning, internships, apprenticeships, and work-based learning.
- Professional development supports the cluster system. Professional development is a critical part of the teacher’s career. Schools of education train teachers for career clusters.