Recent Publications

State Policies Impacting CTE: 2015 Year in Review (January 2016)
This report, co-authored by the Association for Career and Technical Education, takes a state-by-state look at CTE-related policies passed in 2015, while drawing out major themes and trends from the year. View the webinar discussing report highlights here, and members can download the 2015 state policy tracker here






Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education 
This report, co-authored by NASDCTEc, Asia Society, Longview Foundation and ACTE discusses the importance of including global skills and perspectives into high-quality Career Technical Education. 





Setting a Statewide Vision for Work-based Learning
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. 
Building a Strong Relationship Between Competency-Based Pathways and Career Technical Education (August 2015)
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.
Endorsements, Electives & More: CTE & State Graduation Requirements (April 2015)
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
Jointly authored by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career Technical Education, this report provides a state-by-state review of policy changes impacting CTE during 2014 across the country. In total, all but four states made legislative or regulatory changes relevant to CTE in 2014 on topics ranging from funding to credit transfer policies. You can find our 2013 State Policy Review here.  NASDCTEc members can download the 2014 state policy tracker here
Jointly authored by NASDCTEc's Kimberly Green, RTI International's Steve Klein and Jay Pfeiffer, this white paper lays out specific recommendations for how the U.S. Department of Education and future legislation from Congress can provide additional guidance to help Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act grantees generate more valid, reliable and comparable state data. 





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 countMaking 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.


2013 Year in Review thumbnailState 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

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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.




From its earliest roots, employer engagement has been a part of CTE's legacy. Yet little is known about what is really happening consistently and systematically across the country, and what state leaders can do to accelerate effective engagement. 
NASDCTEc conducted a survey of the State CTE Directors to better understand how and in what ways employers are engaging in CTE today - or the "state" of employer engagement in CTE across the nation. This report -The State of Career Technical Education: Employer Engagement in CTE - highlights the survey's results and seeks to illustrate the employer engagement landscape with a particular focus on the ways in which states are and can foster and sustain meaningful employer engagement to strengthen their CTE system for all students.



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:


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.