Curriculum and Instructional Management

Curriculum and Instructional Management

The purpose of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum and Instructional Management is to provide schools with a computerized system that can be used to:

  • Disseminate essential standards in the form of blueprints for courses
  • Provide instructional strategies to teach essential standards containing 21st century content
  • Provide formative, benchmark, performance, and summative assessments
  • Document student achievement and academic growth
  • Provide accountability data

Program Design

CTE Curriculum and Instructional Management is a standards-based, computer-supported systems that encompasses:

  • Instructional planning informed by data
  • 21st century assessment of students using technology tools for delivery.
  • Aggregated and disaggregated reports by student, by class, by teacher, by school, by LEA, and by state.
  • Involvement of business representatives, local administrators, and teachers.
  • Comprehensive, customized professional development for all CTE teachers.

Components provided by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)

  • Development of the Essential Standards with validation by business and industry
  • Course design and development
  • New course design and revision using the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Over 100 course blueprints containing 21st century content developed by teachers and reviewed by business and industry
  • Electronic classroom and secure test item banks and performance assessments aligned to essential standards for courses
  • Curriculum guides developed or adopted for use containing instructional activities and instructional support materials

Summative Assessing


In addition to improving curriculum, NC CTE State Assessments are used for three reasons:

  • Meet requirements of NC CTE’s federal plan under the Carl Perkins Act of 2019,
  • Provide EVAAS and other evidence for Standard Three of the NC Teacher Evaluation Process, and
  • Standard Eight, the School Executive Evaluation Process.

Formative Assessing


Schoolnet is an online formative assessment program. Educators may use Schoolnet to gauge student learning over an instructional period of time. Not all, but rather a majority, of CTE curriculums have formative assessment item (teacher bank) available for teachers to use. CTE does not provide formative assessment items for CTE courses in field test, pilot, local course options (LCOs), or some courses in which the curriculum is controlled by a third party or vendor. A list of courses available in Schoolnet are available to Curriculum and Instructional Management Coordinators via the Status of Curriculum, Credentials, and Assessment (SOCCA) located in the Curriculum and Instructional Management Moodle PLC.

  • Customized comprehensive professional development
  • Regional User Group assistance with implementation and use of related technology
  • Summer Conference professional development opportunities


NC CIMC Education State Staff

Misty Wolfe

Essential Standards

Essential Standards

The Career and Technical Education Essential Standards document provides program area and course descriptions, work-based learning opportunities, career and technical student organization opportunities, and other curriculum information. Essential Standards documents can be accessed via the below links.

     2020-21 Essential Standards and Course Inventory (current academic year)

     2021-22 Essential Standards and Course Inventory (next academic year)

To view more specific current year course information, standards, credentials, and career pathways, please visit the CTE Course Management System at

Status of Curriculum

Status of Curriculum

For information on available assessments and release dates of curriculum materials, contact your program area consultant.

Career Clusters

Career Clusters

Career Clusters identify pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace, so students can link what they learn in school and what they can do in the future. Career Clusters allow students to access a nationwide framework to help them better analyze their long- and short-term career goals, plan what to take in high school to begin to move toward those goals, and implement strategies for further education and work experience that will prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers in the 21st Century.

The States' Career Clusters Framework for Lifelong Learning updates the Career Pathways used previously in North Carolina and provides links to related academic instruction and electives. The States' Career Clusters initiative further developed pathways to provide a national structure for this effort. The Career Clusters initiative includes 16 clusters and related pathways.

To view the current year career pathways, course information, course standards, and course credentials please visit the CTE Course Management System at