Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education

This five-part series dedicates an issue brief to each of NASDCTEc’s core principles for CTE:

The State of Career Technical Education

  • The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards
    Comparing existing state standards to the standards entailed by the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), this paper represents the culmination of a state-by-state survey gather information on the major policy levers and structures that support the adoption and implementation of CTE standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

State Policies & Career Technical Education

  • Making Career Readiness Count
    There is growing consensus in states across the nation that the goal of the K–12 education system is to prepare all students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers. Yet, in all but a handful of states, the priority goals set to drive student performance toward and beyond college and career readiness sputter out after the word “college.” Given the rapidly evolving needs of the American workforce, this paper proposes an expanded framework for college- and career-ready indicators that better incorporates indicators focused on career preparation.
     
  • State Policies Impacting CTE: 2013 Year in Review (March 2014) 
    This paper, the result of a collaboration between NASDCTEc and ACTE, provides both an overview and a state-by-state review of policy changes occurring in 2013 across the country that have impacted CTE. In total, all but three states made legislative or regulatory changes relevant to CTE in 2013. It is our hope that by sharing information about the multitude of activities happening in CTE across the country, we can connect similar work occurring in different places and help our members better influence the adoption of positive CTE policies in all states.

CTE Trends

This series analyzes state CTE data and initiatives, with a focus on governance, CTE teacher shortages, funding, and Career Clusters. The series draws its findings from 2010 and 2012 surveys of State CTE Directors and compares responses to similar surveys conducted in 2003, 2005 and 2008.