SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5940





                        57th Legislature

                      2001 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate April 17, 2001

  YEAS 37   NAYS 12




President of the Senate


Passed by the House April 5, 2001

  YEAS 97   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5940 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives






Speaker of the

      House of Representatives



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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5940



                      AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Senators Regala, McAuliffe, Carlson, Kohl‑Welles, Eide, Kastama, Rasmussen and Finkbeiner; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)



Strengthening career and technical education.   

    AN ACT Relating to career and technical education; adding a new section to chapter 28C.04 RCW; and creating a new section.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  (1) The legislature finds that Washington requires strong career and technical education programs to meet the academic and career preparation needs of secondary students.  The legislature further finds that career and technical education programs, including the vocational skills centers, provide:

    (a) Support for achievement of the certificate of mastery, particularly by students requiring applied learning opportunities for academic success;

    (b) Support for special needs students to fulfill the occupational preparation required for self-sufficiency in adult life;

    (c) Increases in the number of students who complete high school; and

    (d) Assistance with students' transitions from secondary schools to postsecondary education, training, and employment.

    (2) In order to provide students with a variety of learning experiences that will assist them in achieving the higher standards of education reform, school districts currently offering career and technical education programs shall continue to provide career and technical education programs and school districts not offering career and technical education programs are encouraged to begin providing such programs.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 28C.04 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) To ensure high quality career and technical programs, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall review and approve the plans of local districts for the delivery of career and technical education.  Standards for career and technical programs shall be established by the office of the superintendent of public instruction.  These standards should:

    (a) Demonstrate how career and technical education programs will ensure academic rigor; align with the state's education reform requirements; help address the skills gap of Washington's economy; and maintain strong relationships with local career and technical education advisory councils for the design and delivery of career and technical education; and

    (b) Demonstrate a strategy to align the five-year planning requirement under the federal Carl Perkins act with the state and district vocational program planning requirements that include:

    (i) An assessment of equipment and technology needs to support the skills training of technical students;

    (ii) An assessment of industry internships required for teachers to ensure the ability to prepare students for industry-defined standards or certifications, or both;

    (iii) An assessment of the costs of supporting job shadows, mentors, community service and industry internships, and other activities for student learning in the community; and

    (iv) A description of the leadership activities to be provided for technical education students.

    (2) To ensure high quality career education programs and services in secondary schools, the office of the superintendent of public instruction may provide technical assistance to local districts and develop state guidelines for the delivery of career guidance in secondary schools.

    (3) To ensure leadership development, the staff of the office of the superintendent of public instruction may serve as the state advisors to Washington state FFA, Washington future business leaders of America, Washington DECA, Washington SkillsUSA-VICA, Washington family, career and community leaders, and Washington technology students association, and any additional career or technical student organizations that are formed.  Working with the directors or executive secretaries of these organizations, the office of the superintendent of public instruction may develop tools for the coordination of leadership activities with the curriculum of technical education programs.

    (4) As used in this section, "career and technical education" means a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options; supports basic academic and life skills; and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, options for high skill, high wage employment preparation, and advanced and continuing education.


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