DECA’s Competitive Events Taskforce Makes Recommendations to Board of Directors
DECA’s Competitive Events Taskforce is making three recommendations to the DECA Inc. Board of Directors at its March meeting, and DECA is seeking your feedback during a commenting period to include with the recommendations.
At its February meeting, the taskforce analyzed the competitive events offered within the Finance Career Cluster and made recommendations to improve guidelines and/or event structure for Chapter Team Events, Professional Selling Events and DECA Quiz Bowl. The following recommendations will be presented to the DECA Inc. Board of Directors in March.
To create a new competitive event called "Personal Financial Literacy Event" to begin with the 2014-2015 school year. The event would include one role-play with a judge and a comprehensive exam. This event would be structured similarly to the Principles of Business Management and Administration Events and would be specifically for first-year DECA members.
Based on survey results received from students, classroom advisors, and chartered association advisors, the taskforce realized that many students are required to take a course related to personal finance. Offering an event aligning with personal financial literacy curriculum standards would position DECA to serve a growing segment of the student population.
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. This event would be structured similarly to the Professional Selling Events with a new focus provided annually in the DECA Guide
Currently there are two career pathways within the finance cluster that DECA does not have corresponding competitive events – insurance and banking services. The proposed Financial Consulting Event would allow students to learn about banking services and/or insurance depending on the given topic. The proposed event would position DECA to offer an upper-level event within the finance cluster where a gap currently exists.
To not reinstate DECA Quiz Bowl as a competitive event.
Based on survey results received from students, classroom advisors, and chartered association advisors, the taskforce determined that DECA Quiz Bowl does not fit within the Competitive Events Program framework at this time. Several alternatives to Quiz Bowl were discussed but alternatives were too costly or were not as rigorous as other competitive events.
Taskforce members also created crosswalks to help classroom advisors document in lesson plans how DECA activities support 21st Century Skills, Common Career Technical Core Standards and Common Core State Standards. Crosswalks can be viewed at the links below.
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