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
CTE Policy Watch Blog
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.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
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