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Partner School: See Feeder School.

PELL Funds: Federal student financial assistance. Funds can only be used to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

PELL Grant: A U.S. Department of Education grant program for needy postsecondary students who have not yet received a baccalaureate or professional degree.

Performance Assessment: The process of mea­suring performance against a set of standards through examination, practical test, performance observation and/or the completion of portfolios of work and assignments.

Perkins: Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Placement: The designation given regarding the education and/or employment status of a student who completes a career major or course.

PLAN: Trademark for the name of the 10th-grade achievement and interest assessment that is part of the ACT system. EXPLORE is the eighth-grade version. PLAN, EXPLORE and ACT constitute the Educational Planning and Assessment System.

Plan of Study: See Individual Career Plan.

Printing Industries of America: Professional organization of printers nationwide.

Project Lead the Way: National curriculum used in the pre-engineering, biomedical and Gateway To Technology programs. PLTW prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to the world. PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education.

Portfolio: A lifelong, student-managed collection of achievements and progress toward career goals.

Positive Placement: A unit of measurement that represents the number of students placed (military + employed related + employed non-related + con­tinuing education) divided by the total number of known completers.

Postsecondary/Adult Student: A student who is no longer enrolled in a comprehensive school system or its equivalent and is enrolled in a CTE career major or course. Students beyond the compul­sory age for high school who are enrolled in an educational program.

Postsecondary Education: Education beyond high school including CareerTech, associate degree, baccalaureate degree and certificates/credentials.

Pre-Employment Training: Preparation in in­terviewing techniques, writing resumes, letters of application, follow-up letters, listening techniques and learning-to-learn skills.

Printing Plant: The entity of the ODCTE that provides printed material, print estimates and technical assistance in pre-press production.

Priority Academic Student Skills: Okla­homa State Department of Education benchmarks of the skills and competencies that must be met in an academic program.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center: A center funded under the Procurement Technical Assistance Program administered by the Department of Defense.

Production Work Activities: The production of a product by students under contract with a second party for remuneration to the school. Such activi­ties align with the objectives and purpose of the program.

Program: A sequence of courses, outlined in an individual plan of study or competency profile, that results in a career specific, career foundation or career ex­ploration outcome and is aligned to recommended state/national standards or industry certifications or credentials based upon ODCTE guidelines.

Program Assistance Grant: Annual grants provided to CareerTech programs in com­prehensive schools for the purpose of supporting the additional costs of the CareerTech program, including the purchase of equipment, instructional supplies and staff development.

Program Identification Number: A five-digit identification number assigned to every position in the CareerTech System's database.

Program of Study: A comprehensive, structured approach for delivering academic and career and technical education to prepare students for postsecondary education and career success. At a minimum, Programs of Study incorporate and align secondary and postsecondary education elements; include academic and CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses; offer the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits; lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree; and support the tenets of the POS 10 Component Framework, which include legislation and policies, partnerships, professional development, accountability and evaluation systems, college and career readiness standards, course sequences, credit transfer agreements, guidance counseling and academic advisement, teaching and learning strategies and technical skills assessments.

Program Standards: A set of characteristics or comprehensive benchmarks (quality indicators) established and approved by the Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education upon which program quality is measured. Program funding is contingent upon programs meeting the standards or making satisfactory progress toward meeting those standards.

Purchasing and Plant Services: A division of the ODCTE responsible for purchasing services and vendor relations, telephone systems, management of facilities and records, grounds beautification and agency vehicles.


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