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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.