Forty-two States Advance Policies to Support Career Technical Education in 2016: Fourth Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies Released by National CTE Organizations

Silver Spring, M.D. – Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE released their fourth annual report, “State Policies Impacting CTE: 2016 Year in Review.” The report identifies and summarizes nearly 140 CTE-related laws, executive orders, boards of education actions and budget provisions passed across the country last year. The report also examines major themes and trends across the states. 
The only report to provide a comprehensive look at all new CTE laws, regulations and state actions, it found that last year 42 states enacted polices addressing a variety of issues, ranging from CTE access and equity to teacher certification. 
The report highlights several trends, including states’ continued investment in CTE programs and initiatives; strong focus on encouraging and incentivizing industry partnerships and work-based learning; and support for dual and concurrent enrollment in CTE subjects. 
“Through strong and effective state leadership, states have made significant new investments in CTE, as well as adopted policies that strive to give more students the opportunity for a bright future,” said Kimberly Green, Advance CTE Executive Director.  “I am so proud of what has been accomplished and of the states’ steadfast commitment to expand access to and improve the quality of CTE. Advance CTE looks forward to supporting states as they continue this important work.”
“In 2016, states all across the country demonstrated their commitment to expanding and enhancing CTE,” said ACTE executive director LeAnn Wilson. “State and local leaders are critical to the CTE ecosystem, and a program’s success is directly related to the support it receives from governors, state legislatures and boards of education. As workforce demands continue to illustrate the need for robust, comprehensive, high-quality CTE, we hope to continue to see state support for education that prepares students for college and careers.”
The Association for Career and Technical Education 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.
Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce.