State Policies Impacting CTE: 2020 Year in Review

The year 2020 saw significant state legislative actions, executive orders, and budget provisions that had a profound impact on funding related to CTE and career readiness. This report from Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) is the eighth 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 2020, 31 states enacted or passed 67 policy actions related to CTE and career readiness. The most frequently addressed topics were:

  • Funding
  • Industry partnerships and work-based learning
  • Access and equity
  • Dual/concurrent enrollment, articulation, and early college
  • Data, reporting, and/or accountability

This report is supported by a filterable State Policy Tracker. 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 previous years and view these policies in further detail.  

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