Data and Program Improvement


Data and program improvement is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop and implement high-quality data usage and program improvement. This page is under development; additional resources and tags will be added in summer 2018. 

Incorporating Data, Research and Evaluation

Wake Up CTE Instruction with Action-based Research
Holik, ACTE Techniques Magazine, April 2017

Increasing Access, Equity and Diversity: NAPE’s Program Improvement Process for Equity
Williams, ACTE Techniques Magazine, November/December 2016

Do Your Evaluations Make You a Better CTE Teacher?
Jacques, ACTE Techniques Magazine, May 2014

Purposeful Planning: Using Data to Drive Programs of Study
Justice and Norwood, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2016

Integrating Needs Assessment into Career and Technical Curriculum Development
Grier, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2005

Programs of Study Local Implementation and Self-Assessment
U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

CTE Program Approval Policy Benchmark Tool
Advance CTE, September 2017

Perkins Accountability and CTE Data Resources

Student Definitions and Measurement Approaches for the Core Indicators of Performance Under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV)
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

Perkins Accountability Requirements Module
Perkins Collaborative Resource Network

Guide for Conducting Perkins Placement Follow-up Surveys
MPR Associates and Academy for Educational Development, September 2006

Perkins Data Explorer
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

CTE Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics

Workforce Data

Certification Data Exchange Project: Connecting Industry-recognized Certification Data to Education and Workforce Outcomes: Measuring the Value Added to Skills, Employment and Wages
ACTE, October 2017

The Use of Workforce Assessment as a Component of Career and Technical Education Program Evaluation
Bartlett, Schleif and Bowen, Career and Technical Education Research, 2011 ($)

Measuring Student Success in Postsecondary Competency-Based Education Programs: Toward a Student Outcomes Metrics Framework
Parsons and Rivers, American Institutes of Research and the Institute for Competency-Based Education at Texas A&M University, August 2017

Privacy Issues

Addressing Student Privacy Issues Module
Dale King, Data Quality Institute 2015

Data Dissemination

Messaging Matters: Designing Communications Tools to Support CTE Data Use
Graham and Klein, ACTE Techniques Magazine, February 2018

Putting Labor Market Information in the Right Hands: A Guide
Advance CTE, November 2017

Data Dissemination Strategies for Career and Technical Education in Nebraska: Technical Assistance to States Project
RTI International, June 2016

Educator Development

CTEDDI (Career and Technical Educators using Data-Driven Improvement) Professional Development Model
National Research Center for CTE

Putting Your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in CTE ($)
Foster, Hodes and Pritz, NOCTI, 2014