The Kuder Solution
Meeting Standards & Supporting CTE
Long before Texas passed House Bill 5 in 2013 to require all students in the state to complete a four-year education plan and endorsement selection beginning in the 9th grade, Pasadena ISD was using the Kuder assessments within Kuder Navigator to identify and measure career interests, skills confidence, and work values starting in the 7th grade. In addition to helping them meet state standards with ease, district personnel also feel that the assessments have been instrumental in starting meaningful conversations between counselors and students about their personal passions that can be explored further as potential occupations.
This early exposure is paramount for students planning to attend the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school. Following many years of success with their CTE center, Pasadena ISD established a dedicated high school for students participating in vocational programs such as cosmetology, welding, construction, and more. The district’s transition from the CTE center to CTE high school allowed students to focus on pursuing a particular CTE pathway and its core classes within the same school rather than lose valuable learning time being transported to and from the CTE center every day. With the application process for the CTE high school and its exclusive skills courses beginning in the 8th grade, it is critical for students to have self-assessment tools and results in middle school to streamline their enrollment into Pasadena ISD’s CTE high school before they begin their freshman year.
The district has found many other ways to fully implement helpful features of Kuder’s career planning system into its curriculum, most notably the Resume Builder. Pasadena ISD rolled out a recent initiative starting in the 9th grade to require CTE students to create a resume within Navigator. At the start of each school year, the students are instructed to log in and update their resumes with any new activities, summer job experience, references, or similar information from the past year.
Specialized CTE Tools
The addition of Pathways Link provided an actionable extension to the Navigator system by quickly connecting students to Pasadena ISD’s CTE courses that related most closely to their individual interests, skills, and work values assessment results. The district continues to optimize and leverage this system feature and is excited to see increased engagement among students.
All schools within the Pasadena Independent School District utilize single sign-on capabilities via Clever to log onto the Kuder platform. This simple system integration drastically improved efficiencies in the classroom by eliminating needless frustrations such as forgotten passwords, duplicate accounts, and more to give students more readily available access to Navigator’s career readiness resources.