Data Driven: CTSOs Are Key to Engagement, Achievement
January 23, 2013
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