Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Changes as of May 20, 2019
Representatives of Brownsville ISD, Edinburg CISD, La Joya ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, McAllen ISD, Mission CISD, Point Isabel ISD, Sharyland ISD, South Texas College, Texas State Technical College, and the Region One Education Service Center met with RGV LEAD in Harlingen on May 20 to discuss changes to regional systems required by changes in state policy. The Texas Education Agency is in the process of phasing out the system of statewide-articulated credits known as Advanced Technical Credit (ATC). The last ATC courses are being offered in 2018-2019, and students have until 2023 to claim credit for satisfactory completion of those courses. (Local articulation options are still available, based on agreements between individual school districts and individual colleges.) The group of partners discussed possible changes in three systems:
CATEMA (Career and Technical Education Management). RGV LEAD has provided the CATEMA system since 2003 with the goal of helping school district partners advise students about articulated credits. Based on the May 20 discussions, RGV LEAD will phase out its CATEMA system on August 31, 2019.
Transition Counseling Materials. RGV LEAD provides Transition Counseling materials for its partners through its website (https://rgvlead.org/publications.) RGV LEAD developed these materials in collaboration with the Region One Education Service Center, South Texas College, Texas Southmost College, Texas State Technical College, and individual school district representatives. The group discussed these resources. RGV LEAD will work with its partners to update the Transition Counseling resources in the coming year.
RGV LEAD Scholars: Articulated credit-courses are currently named in the criteria for graduation as an RGV LEAD Scholar, and the group discussed possible changes to the criteria. The group did not come to consensus on May 20; so these discussions are continuing. Interested partners are requested to note these important dates:
- June 4: This is the date by which individuals are to send suggested revisions to the criteria for graduation as an RGV LEAD Scholar. (See the comment form at LINK.)
- August 5: The group will reconvene on August 6 to finalize its recommendations for RGV LEAD Scholars criteria. Preregistration is strongly encouraged.
Once the Focus Group recommendations are completed, recommendations will be presented for approval of RGV LEAD’s Marketing & Awards Committee and then the full RGV LEAD Board. RGV LEAD has offered its Scholars program continuously since 1999, and well over 100,000 high school seniors have graduated with Scholars honors during that time. Changes in criteria are made as required by changes in state policy.