The State of CTE

The landscape of Career Technical Education (CTE) is constantly changing and evolving. To understand the current status of CTE in the United States, Advance CTE conducts a yearly scan of CTE as it relates to an issue. This series from Advance CTE includes annual reports and accompanying webinars that examine the current landscape of CTE across topics that inlcude career advising, access to industry experts, employer engagement and state CTE standards.

October 2020

This cross-state analysis from Advance CTE examines how states have leveraged the development of Perkins V state plans to advance the dual priorities of expanding quality and increasing equity within their CTE systems.

Research/ Report

Improving Data Quality

April 2019

This report draws on a national survey of State CTE Directors to examine how states are collecting and using career readiness data. 

Case Study, Research/ Report

Career Advising and Development

February 2018

This report from Advance CTE and the American School Counselor Association summarizes a national survey of State CTE Directors, State School Counseling Directors and school counselors to describe effective and promising strategies for career advising and development. 

December 2016

This report from Advance CTE, in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at AIR, draws on data from two national surveys to examine the shortage of industry experts in secondary classrooms and how to address it.

December 2014

This report from Advance CTE examines the employer engagement landscape with a particular focus on the ways in which states can foster and sustain meaningful employer engagement to strengthen their CTE system for all students through policy and practice.

October 2013

This report from Advance CTE provides a national view on how states adopt, organize and implement CTE standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, comparing all state standards to a common benchmark, the Common Career Technical Core.