Conducting Return on Investment Analyses for Secondary and Postsecondary CTE: A Framework

Many states produce impressive statistics regarding Career Technical Education (CTE) student performance, including high rates of technical skill attainment and high language arts and mathematics performance levels. Still, states and districts often struggle to provide evidence of CTE’s return on investment (ROI) for communities and the economy.

This framework by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) provides guidance for CTE evaluators seeking to show the positive impact of CTE programs on the economy. This resource further demonstrates that secondary CTE students receive positive returns at very little or no cost for secondary CTE, and finds that postsecondary CTE participants yield short-term and long-term positive returns on investment.

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January 2011