This resource is the first in NASDCTEc's Connecting the Classroom to Careers series, which takes a closer look at the state's role in expanding high-quality worked-based learning opportunities for all students, with a particular focus on untangling the major barriers at the K-12 level. Take a closer look at Tennessee's statewide vision and strategy for strengthening work-based learning.
This report lays out the leverage points between Career Technical Education (CTE) and Competency-Based Pathways (CBP) and provides guiding questions to help state and local leaders consider how CTE is, can and should be a part of their CBP strategies.
This brief explores common approaches to offering or requiring CTE courses and assessments within a statewide set of graduation requirements, offers illustrative examples of state-level policies and elevates implementation issues for consideration
The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards (July 2014)
This paper analyzes 18 sets of industry-based standards to determine how well they match up to the Common Career Technical Core, aiming to provide actionable information to state and local CTE leaders as they think through how they use industry-based standards within the context of a comprehensive program of study.
Making Career Readiness Count (May 2014)
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.
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.
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:
- Principle 1: CTE is critical to ensuring that the United State leads in global competitiveness.
- Principle 2: CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs.
- Principle 3: CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers.
- Principle 4: CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to The National Career Clusters Framework.
- Principle 5: CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.
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.
- 2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Funding
- 2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Governance
- 2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Career Clusters
- 2012 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Teacher Shortage
- 2010 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Funding
- 2010 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Governance
- 2010 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Career Clusters
- 2010 Synopsis of CTE Trends: Teacher Shortage