High-quality CTE Tools

ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework describes 12 elements of a high-quality program of study. Follow the links below for strategies, case studies, professional development models and toolkits to help practitioners develop and support success within each element. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact ACTE Research Manager Catherine Imperatore.


12 Elements of a High-quality CTE Program of Study

  1. Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum
  2. Sequencing and Articulation
  3. Student Assessment
  4. Prepared and Effective Program Staff
  5. Engaging Instruction
  6. Access and Equity
  7. Facilities and Equipment
  8. Business and Community Partnerships
  9. Career Development
  10. Career and Technical Student Organizations
  11. Work-based Learning
  12. Data and Program Improvement