Career & Technical Education

State/National Learning Standards

New York State Standards

The New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) were developed during 1994-1995 by a curriculum and assessment committee comprised of K-postsecondary educators, school administrators, community and business representatives, and parents. The CDOS standards layout the foundation for a system designed to deliver career planning, integrated/applied learning, and basic life and work skills to all students. It also provides standards/performance indicators for programs of study in six different career cluster areas. Students who elect to study a specific career cluster should acquire the career knowledge and skills necessary for immediate employment and/or continuing study in a postsecondary program.
The specific standards/performance indicators for business/marketing careers are contained in CDOS Standard 3b: Career Majors – Business/Information Systems. New York State standards support the national standards for business education and marketing education developed by other organizations, and which can be found on the web sites listed below.
The New York State Education Department, with the assistance of many educators from across the State, also developed a Career Development and Occupational Studies Resource Guide to serve as a companion document to the learning standards.
Both the CDOS learning standards and resource guide are available on the CDOS web site.

National Standards

Note: accessing the following websites will take you out of the State Education Department Business/Marketing Education website. Use your browser's back button to return to our site.
The following are a list of national standards that can be used for business courses.  These standards can be used as part of the curriculum review process when preparing for program approval or reapproval.  They may also be used when implementing standards-based grading practices
Career Cluster Framework

Common Career Technical Core
MBA Research Standards for Business Education
National Business Education Association Standards (NBEA membership required for access)

Last Updated: January 7, 2021