NASDCTEc regularly releases issue briefs on key topics impacting CTE at the state and local level. Below are issue briefs exploring the role of CTE in the broader college- and career-ready agenda and ways CTE and academic learning can be better integrated. 

  • Making Career Readiness Count (May 2014)
    Achieve and NASDCTEc collaborated on this paper, which examines how states are currently using career-focused indicators in their public reporting and accountability systems and provides guidance and recommendations for states on how they can take steps to ensure that the “career” in their college- and career-ready accountability and public reporting system is not an afterthought but rather a powerful lever to focus priorities, drive progress, and ultimately see more students, and their communities, succeed.
  • CTE Is Your STEM Strategy (December 2013) 
    This paper explores the strong connection and overlap between CTE and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, focusing on the elements of a high-quality CTE program of study that makes it an effective tool for delivering or implementing STEM education; how STEM is naturally embedded across the 16 Career Clusters; examples of states embracing the link between CTE and STEM; and areas where CTE and STEM programs can learn from and strengthen one another.
  • Career Technical Education and Advanced Placement (July 2013) 
    NASDCTEc and the College Board collaborated on this brief, which demonstrates how Advanced Placement courses and exams can be relevant to a student's program of study across the 16 Career Clusters. 
  • Adult Career Pathways (November 2009) 
    Adult Career Pathways integrate multiple levels of education with postsecondary CTE certificate and associate degree programs. This document defines adult career pathways, describes benefits of the pathways, and presents four program examples.