State Policies Impacting CTE: 2018 Year in Review

2018 was a significant year for Career Technical Education (CTE). In 2018, 42 states and Washington, D.C., passed a total of 146 policy actions related to CTE and career readiness, including legislation, executive orders, board of education actions, budget provisions and ballot initiatives. 

This report from Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the sixth annual review of CTE and career readiness policies across the United States. It represents the most comprehensive national snapshot of state activity related to CTE and career readiness, and provides a critical opportunity for state and national leaders to reflect on national trends and consider future directions.

In 2018, the top policy areas of focus included:

  • Funding;
  • Industry partnerships/work-based learning;
  • Dual/concurrent enrollment, articulation and early college;
  • Industry-recognized credentials, tied with graduation requirements; and
  • Access/equity.

Reports from previous years can be found on the State Policies Impacting CTE Year in Review  series page. Advance CTE members can download a State Policy Tracker for each year and view these policies in further detail.

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