Advance CTE's CTE Program Approval Policy Benchmark Tool is designed to help states evaluate and strengthen their Career Technical Education (CTE) program approval policies and processes. This tool lays out the non-negotiable elements of an effective policy for approving and evaluating programs of study, encompassing both secondary and postsecondary CTE, and offers an assessment rubric that state leaders can use to identify gaps in their current state policy and prioritize areas for improvement. The tool will also help states plan for implementation and program reapproval to ensure they have policies and programs that are high-quality and aligned with the state’s vision and definition of success.
Download by Section:
- Section 1: Examine the Core Elements of a CTE Program Approval Policy
- Section 2: Complete the CTE Program Approval Policy Assessment Rubric
- Section 3: Plan Your Next Steps by Getting Started with Implementation
- Section 4: Consider the CTE Program Evaluation Policy Criteria
Download the Facilitation Guide (Advance CTE Members Only)
Advance CTE members can access an exclusive CTE Program Approval Policy Benchmark Tool Facilitation Guide with guidance for conducting a self-assessment process within a state leadership team. Download the Facilitation Guide here.
This tool is designed for state policymakers to examine policies and practices. The Association for Career and Technical Education has developed a related tool called the Quality CTE Program of Study Framework that provides a comprehensive, research-based quality CTE program of study framework.