Forty-Six States and DC Advance Policies to Support Career Technical Education in 2014

Second Annual Report on State Career and Technical Education Policy Trends Released by National CTE Associations 
February 5, 2015 - Silver Spring, MD – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) released the second annual report, “State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review.” This paper – the singular source of information on this crucial topic – captures the full range of state policy changes that impact career and technical education (CTE) across the country. 
2014 Year in Review provides both an overview and a state-by-state analysis of CTE-related policies that were adopted in 2014. This year-in-review report indicates that 46 states and the District of Columbia took action to boost their CTE programs in 2014, approving roughly 150 policies. Last year, states passed laws to strengthen programs of study through dual/concurrent enrollment programs, create incentive or competitive funds for high-quality CTE programs of study, and expand innovative business and community partnerships to involve all stakeholders in the evolution of the CTE enterprise. 
“The ‘State Policies Impacting CTE’ publication is required reading for policymakers and thought leaders alike who want to make a meaningful impact on the state of education in this country,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By sharing information about the variety of states’ approaches to CTE policy, this report can guide education policy discussions to ensure that every student graduates ready for college and career success.” 
“Once again, we are seeing an overwhelming interest in CTE across the nation, in the form of state policies and regulations seeking to expand access to and the quality of CTE programs,” added NASDCTEc’s Executive Director Kimberly Green. “It is our hope that policymakers and other key leaders will use this paper as a resource when crafting new policies or looking for innovation from the field.” 
About NASDCTEc The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy.
About ACTE The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.
Sean Lynch, Association for Career Technical Education, 703-683-9312
Katie Fitzgerald, National Association for State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, 301-588-9630