Throughout history, a disproportionate number of learners have been tracked into terminal vocational programs based on their race, income, gender and disability, leading to jobs with uncertain promise of economic growth and prosperity. While the quality of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs has significantly improved since then, many learners cannot access high-quality CTE programs of study that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and their future careers.
This is the second brief in the Making Good on the Promise series, which examines equity in CTE. The brief lays out a strategy for state and local policymakers to confront historical inequities by using data to examine and address gaps. It examines promising strategies from states that are using data to better understand where and how learners are being under-served, identify root causes and disrupt historical inequities.
The Making Good on the Promise series is made possible through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.