DECA Competitive Events Taskforce Studies Finance Offerings
The DECA Competitive Events Taskforce met Feb. 1-3, 2013, in Orlando, Fla., to analyze DECA’s Competitive Events Program and ensure the viability of the most popular high school program. As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. More than 150,000 DECA members participate in the competitive events program each year.
This year, the taskforce focused its attention onto reviewing and analyzing the competitive events offered within the Finance Career Cluster. The taskforce will reviewed and made recommendations to improve guidelines and/or event structure for Chapter Team Events, Professional Selling Events and DECA Quiz Bowl. This review process helped to solidify DECA’s position as leaders in assessment among Career and Technical Student Organizations.
The Competitive Events Taskforce review process is guided by four fundamental objectives.
- Ensure that DECA’s Competitive Event Program is firmly aligned with career clusters and pathways. Previous alignment to the Competitive Events Program resulted in modifying and implementing competitive events to better serve students taking courses related to marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. It is crucial to maintain and continue this alignment in future review proceedings.
- Ensure that DECA’s competitive events are structured in the best possible ways to assess students’ knowledge and skills. In order to guarantee students’ knowledge and skills will be evaluated properly during competitive events, the taskforce will review the evaluation forms, competitive events guidelines and instructions, competitive events categories, and other competitive events models.
- Ensure that DECA’s Competitive Events Program supports 21st Century Skills. The taskforce will critically review the Competitive Events Program’s support of 21st Century Skills by examining the six key elements to this issue: core subjects, 21st century content, learning and thinking skills, information and communication technology literacy, life skills, and 21st century assessments.
- Demonstrate the connections between DECA’s Competitive Events Program and the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn and are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world. The taskforce will continue to ensure that DECA’s Competitive Events Program supports these initiatives to best help students enhance the knowledge and skills they need for future success.
The taskforce also developed recommendations to be presented to the board of directors. These recommendations include:
- To create a new competitive event called "Personal Financial Literacy Event" to begin with the 2014-2015 school year. The event would include 1 role-play with a judge and a comprehensive exam.
- To create a new competitive event called "Financial Consulting Event" to begin with the 2014-2015 school year. The event would include a prepared presentation with a judge and a comprehensive exam.
- To not reinstate DECA Quiz Bowl as a competitive event.
The 2012-2013 DECA Competitive Events Taskforce includes:
- Betty Sias, Chartered Association Advisor (WV) (Council Chair)
- Jim Brock, President Elect, DECA Board of Directors (AR)
- Heather Bunning, Senior Manager – High School & Community College Initiatives, American Institute of CPAs (NC)
- Joann David-Parrialla, American Institute of CPAs (NC)
- Ed Davis, Executive Director, DECA Inc. (VA)
- Tina Fulks, Chapter Advisor, Desert Oasis High School (NV)
- Jim Gleason, President, MBAResearch (OH)
- Bob Hosier, Chapter Advisor, Cypress Bay High School (FL)
- Keith Jurek, Chapter Advisor, Orono High School (MN)
- Shirlee Kyle, Assistant Executive Director, High School Division, DECA Inc. (CO)
- Kathy Rhodes, Chapter Advisor, Putnam County High School (MO)
- Jackie Schiller, President, DECA Board of Directors (MN)
- Shane Thomas, Director of Competitive Events, DECA Inc. (VA)
- Rick Vine, Chapter Advisor, Great Neck South High School (NY)
- Paul Wardinski, Director, Office of Professional and Life Skills, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)
- Craig Wilson, Program Chair of Accounting, Minnesota School of Business – Lakeville (MN)
- Christopher Young, Director, High School Division, DECA Inc. (VA)
Competitive Events Taskforce members were appointed by chartered association advisors and confirmed by the Board of Directors. As a group, their recommendations will be presented to the DECA Inc. Board of Directors at its March meeting.
For more information about DECA’s high school competitive events, visit http://www.deca.org/competitions/highschool.