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Career and Technical Education Associations Jointly Release First-Ever Comprehensive Report on State CTE Policy Trends


March 28, 2014
Sean Lynch, Association for Career and Technical Education, 703-683-9312
Evan Williamson, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium 240-398-5405

Career and Technical Education Associations Jointly Release First-Ever Comprehensive Report on State CTE Policy Trends

Report includes information on Career Technical Education initiatives from across the country

Silver Spring, MD - The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today released a new research paper titled: "State Policies Impacting CTE: 2013 Year in Review." This paper, which is the first of its kind, was composed to capture information on the diverse array of state policy changes occurring across the country that impact Career and Technical Education (CTE).

This paper provides both an overview and a state-by-state review of CTE-related policies that were enacted in 2013, including a chart showing key trends across the country. This 20-page year-in-review report indicates that 47 states as well as the District of Columbia took action to boost their CTE programs in 2013, pursuing a diverse set of strategies such as launching new taskforces and initiatives, building stronger programs of study through dual/concurrent enrollment programs and exploring innovative business and community partnerships to involve all stakeholders in the evolution of the CTE enterprise.

"This project represents an exemplary cooperative effort by our two organizations to work together for the good of our members, the CTE community, and students nationwide," said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. "By providing access to this wealth of information, our organizations have given individuals who care about the strength of the American workforce and the economy new tools to identify state policy solutions."

The policy activities in the report include legislation, administrative orders and state board rules compiled from sources including state government websites, interviews with education policy experts, media stories and compilations.

"Smart decisions are data driven," added NASDCTEc's Executive Director Kimberly Green. "This paper confirms that there is significant support for CTE at all levels of leadership. Not only will this new resource serve as a great reference point for those who wish to advance high-quality CTE programs and policy, it vindicates what most in the CTE community already knew: that the field is evolving rapidly and is starting to take center stage in many states' long-term education and workforce strategies."

The report, which is available on both organizations' websites, is available free of charge for use by policymakers, researchers, members of the media and individual members.

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