CCQ Development Process

During the CCQ development process, subject matter experts, teachers, and state department of education representatives work together to ensure that CCQ content is relevant, standardized, and feasible. After the development phase, CCQs undergo multiple validation processes before they are approved for pilot use and launched in classrooms.

Step 1: CCQ Development Meeting

  • For each career pathway, there will be a CCQ Committee consisting of:
    • At least two subject matter experts (SME) from each state
      • SMEs are nominated by their state representative
    • One state representative
  • Committee members will receive a training session at the beginning of the meeting.
  • The committee will outline four CCQs.

Step 2: Validation Survey

  • The Career Pathways (cPass) staff will collect feedback via online surveys on the proposed CCQs.
  • Survey respondents will be individuals from secondary, postsecondary, and industry settings.
  • Respondents will provide feedback on each CCQ as a whole, as well as the individual tasks involved in each CCQ.
  • The survey will also include an open response section in which respondents can provide comments and recommend additional tasks for each CCQ.

Step 3: CCQ Review Meeting

  • The CCQ Committee will review survey results and adjust the CCQs accordingly.
  • The committee will develop rubrics.

Step 4: Cognitive Labs

  • cPass staff will meet with individual students to conduct think-aloud activities in which students describe their thought processes related to the performance tasks.
  • Based on student feedback, staff will adjust the CCQ to improve logistics.

Step 5: Review by the Governing Board Committee

  • The Governing Board Committee will discuss issues with each CCQ including cost, infrastructure, and feasibility.
  • The Governing Board Committee will finalize each CCQ.

Step 6: Rater Training

  • Teachers who plan to utilize the CCQs in their classrooms will receive a thorough training session on how to administer the performance tasks and score their students’ performances.

Step 7: Pilot Testing