National Standards for Business Education

The BAA program meets the following National Standards for Business Education.

Accounting Standards

  • Prepare a budget for planning purposes.
  • Use a spreadsheet or accounting software to maintain accounting records for short or long-term assets.

Career Development Standards

  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Formulate and implement a plan to address identified weaknesses.
  • Use a variety of research tools in the career exploration process.
  • Identify community business people and learn about career opportunities.
  • Develop a pictorial and/or written document using career information.
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills when working with others, in small groups, and in local chapter activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team through projects, activities, and meetings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently.
  • Describe the culture of a particular country and its relationship to a potential career choice.
  • Describe different cultural behaviors and expectations.
  • Research a variety of career clusters.
  • Identify examples of work to be included in a portfolio.
  • Enhance portfolios through revisions (e.g., resume, examples of work and technical skills, community service.)
  • Demonstrate appropriate interviewing techniques (e.g., portfolio presentation, questioning, dress, and etiquette.)
  • Describe the benefits of participating in school and community service activities.

Communications Standards

  • Select and use modes of communications appropriate to specific situations.
  • Use critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving techniques to promote sound, effective business communications.
  • Participate in group discussion and role-playing.
  • Plan and give short presentations individually or as a member of a group.
  • Use the proper techniques to make a formal oral presentation.
  • Deliver impromptu and planned speeches with confidence.
  • Expand scope of reading materials to include business-related publications.
  • Use basic research techniques. Compose simple requests for information, reports, and summaries.
  • Edit and revise written work.
  • Write coherent business correspondence, instructions, descriptions, summaries, and reports using appropriate formats.
  • Proofread documents to ensure correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Compose and produce a variety of business letters, memorandums, and reports using correct style, format, and content.
  • Demonstrate confidence through participation in group activities.
  • Participate in a shadowing or mentoring program with a positive, professional role model.
  • Select appropriate business attire and demonstrate good grooming.
  • Assume a leadership role in the school, community, and/or volunteer activities.
  • Use leadership abilities in a business setting.
  • Apply team skills in a business environment.
  • Demonstrate basic keyboarding and computer functions.
  • Use basic software applications (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Refine documents using electronic spell checker, thesaurus, and grammar checker.
  • Use a wide variety of references and research resources such as electronic bulletin boards and information services.
  • Write a simple application letter and resume for simulated job opportunities.
  • Role-play interview situations for simulated job opportunities.
  • Identify effective leadership characteristics.
  • Write short-term and professional goals.
  • Demonstrate proper parliamentary procedures.
  • Prepare and distribute an agenda prior to an FBLA meeting.

Economics Standards

  • Develop a business plan.

International Business Standards

  • Analyze international business blunders resulting from ineffective or incorrect communications and propose corrective actions.

Career Clusters

The Education category of each BAA level addresses the following Career Clusters.

Education Category NBEA Standard Career Cluster
Accounting Accounting & Computation Business & Administrative Services
Government & Public Administration
Entrepreneurship Career Development
Business & Administrative Services
Government & Public Administration
International Business Economics & Personal Finance
International Business
Business & Administrative Services
Government & Public Administration
Technology Career Development
Information Technology
Business & Administrative Services
AV Technology & Communication
Information Technology
Communications Communication Business & Administrative Services
Marketing Economics & Personal Finance
International Business
Business & Administrative Services
Government & Public Administration
Retail/Wholesale Sales & Services