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.
- 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
- 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. To understand the methodology used, which was the same as used for the State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards, click here.
- 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)
Traditionally Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams have not been recommended for students in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. To bust this myth, NASDCTEc and the College Board collaboratively identified those AP courses that have the potential to be part of students' programs of study within each of the 16 Career Clusters, based on analysis and input of State CTE Directors. This brief summarizes that analysis and lists the potential AP courses, by Career Cluster.
- Common Core State Standards & Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide between College and Career Readiness (May 2012)
Achieve with NASDCTEc and ACTE released this report, providing key strategies for state and district leaders to implement the Common Core State Standards with CTE educators. The Common Core State Standards offer an opportunity for education leaders to "bridge the divide" across disciplines, such as academic and CTE areas, and provide a more rigorous and relevant learning experience for students.
- Achieve and State CTE Directors: Integrating the Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education (March 2012)
Achieve and NASDCTEc joined to pilot a project that helps educators address the challenge of aligning CTE and Mathematics content standards to create rigorous instructional tasks. Learn more about the project and read about the states who have taken part in implementing the pilot.
- 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.