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Data Driven: CTSOs Are Key to Engagement, Achievement


January 23, 2013

By: Catherine


The more students participate in Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) activities, the higher their academic motivation, academic engagement, grades, career self-efficacy, college aspirations and employability skills.i

As we approach CTE Month in February, I want to recognize the important role CTSOs play in engaging and preparing students for their futures. The finding above is from original research published by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education that compared high school students in CTE classes with a CTSO, CTE classes without a CTSO and non-CTE classes. The researchers found a positive association between CTSO participation and a wide variety of indicators of college and career readiness.

When meeting with policymakers, pair this research with success stories from CTSO students in your school or district. Highlight their academic achievement, technical and employability skills, and postsecondary and workforce plans or attainment. Better yet, bring these students to meet policymakers! You can also remind legislators that CTSO activities are often eligible for funding through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Therefore, the benefits these organizations provide are dependent on continuing support for Perkins legislation.

As always, access CTE facts and figures online any time you need them with ACTE Fact Sheets.

i Alfeld et al., Looking Inside the Black Box: The Value Added by Career and Technical Student Organizations to Students’ High School Experience, National Research Center for CTE, 2007

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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need

Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.

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8/12/13 By: Mitch Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding education in the coming fiscal year. In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration. Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program focused on career preparation. Despite requests for an overall increase in education funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro. “What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal access and opportunity. Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that it is time to make investing in Perkins a priority!


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