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ACT WorkKeys Assessment - An assessment of workplace skills administered by ACT.

Advanced Placement Program (AP) - A program authorized by the college board that allows a student to study college-level subjects while enrolled in high school and to receive advanced placement and college credit for earning a qualified score on the course-related Advanced Placement exam.

Approved Alternate Assessment - An SAT, PSAT, ACT or ASVAB.

  • ACT - A standardized test for the assessment of college readiness administered by ACT.
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) - The aptitude test developed and maintained by the United States Department of Defense.
  • SAT - A standardized test for the assessment of college readiness administered by the College Board.

Approved Industry-Based Competency Assessment - A NOCTI exam, NIMS assessment or other industry-based competency assessment identified by the Secretary of Education.

  • NIMS Assessment - An assessment based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills standards.
  • NOCTI Exam - A National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exam.

Concurrent Enrollment Course - A course in which a secondary student is enrolled and, upon successful completion of which both high school and postsecondary credit are earned.

Cooperative Education Program - A program of instruction whereby students alternate or coordinate their high school studies with a job in a field related to their academic or career objectives.

CTE Concentrator - A student who, by the end of a reporting year, will be reported as successfully completing at least 50 percent of the minimum technical instructional hours required under 22 Pa. Code Ch. 339 (relating to vocational education).

Established Score - A score recommended by the Secretary of Education and approved by the State Board of Education.  

GPA - Grade point average.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program - An academically challenging two-year precollege diploma program comprised of three core requirements and six academic subject areas with final examinations that prepare students 16 to 19 years of age for higher education and life in a global society.

Postsecondary Course - A course in which a secondary student is enrolled, and, upon successful completion, postsecondary credit is earned.

Pre-apprenticeship Program - An apprenticeship program registered with the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council.

SAT Subject Test - A standardized test for the assessment of a specific content area administered by the College Board.

School Entity – A school district, intermediate unit, area vocational-technical school, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter school or multiple charter school organization.