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CTE Relevant, Effective and Rigorous, ACTE-NRCCUA Survey Finds


May 24, 2013


CTE Relevant, Effective and Rigorous, ACTE-NRCCUA Survey Finds

ACTE is proud to announce results from its annual, nationwide survey of CTE students and educators, conducted in partnership with the National Research Center for College and University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®). Findings presented in CTE Works! 2013 Results from a National Survey demonstrate the effectiveness and relevancy of CTE for students, as well as CTE educators' dedication to integrating and aligning CTE with academics and with business and industry needs, despite stagnant funding.

Student Findings:

  • 66 percent say they are learning skills to get a job in the future
  • More than half plan to pursue a career related to their CTE area of study, particularly in engineering
  • 45 percent of students taking CTE say they get the chance to work as a team and interact with employers and community leaders
  • Students interested in science and engineering careers are more likely to say that CTE courses provide them with higher levels of academic skills

Educator Findings:

  • 95 percent of educators report integrating CTE with core courses
  • About three-quarters of educators work with business and industry to help ensure their CTE programs are relevant
  • 9 out of 10 rely on the federal Perkins Act to support their programs
  • 94 percent report that CTE funding has decreased or remained stable in recent years
  • 80 percent say that they would spend an increase in federal funding on new equipment for classrooms

CTE Works! 2013 Results from a National Survey is a product of ACTE and My College Options®. The survey was conducted in fall 2012 by NRCCUA®, which operates the My College Options® college planning program.

Many thanks to all who participated in this survey! The information gleaned helps ACTE advocate more effectively in support of CTE.

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