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National Center for Innovation in CTE Launches Website


May 16, 2013


National Center for Innovation in CTE Launches Website

The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE), the new Perkins-funded CTE research center, has launched its website at ctecenter.ed.gov. The website outlines the center's research priorities, includes a list of CTE resources and will house online training modules to provide guidance for translating the center's studies into practice at the college, district or school level.

The NCICTE's proposed research agenda includes:
Original Research - multi-year studies to compile and analyze new educational data

  • The Contribution of Work-Based Learning to College & Career Readiness: This mixed methods research design will be used to assess the effect of secondary student participation in work-based learning activities.
  • The Fiscal and Programmatic Implications of Consortia Formation: This study will collect fiscal, accountability and administrative data from five states that primarily use consortia to distribute Perkins funds.

Secondary Analyses of Existing Data - targeted analyses of existing national and state datasets

  • Understanding State-Level Data on Noncredit Workforce Education and Industry-Recognized Certifications: The purpose of this study is to better understand data collected at the state level on these credentials and whether such data can be used to understand how CTE credentials are preparing students for the workforce.
  • Effects of Career-Themed Instruction on Post-Program Outcome: This study will explore the relationship between participation in certified Linked Learning high school pathways and students' college readiness and postsecondary outcomes.
  • Effect of High School CTE on Postsecondary Outcomes using State Longitudinal Data Systems in Georgia: This study uses Georgia data to compare the postsecondary outcomes of high school students concentrating in CTE with their peers.
  • Financing Career Technical Education: State Investment Strategies and Competitive Funding Options: NCICTE researchers are analyzing data from a 2013 survey of state CTE directors to identify promising approaches for funding CTE and for introducing performance-based funding to incentivize local providers.

NCICTE partners include RTI International, FHI 360, ConnectEd, Mercury Labs, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Windwalker Corporation and Laurium Evaluation Group. ACTE is a supporting partner.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 authorizes a research center to carry out scientifically based research and evaluation as well as dissemination and training activities. The previous Perkins-authorized research center was affiliated with the University of Louisville and is continuing its work at www.nrccte.org.

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