Career and Technical Education

Integrating Work-Based Learning into Your College and Career Readiness System

State presenters from Colorado and Iowa will discuss work-based learning as part of their systemwide approach to college and career readiness and describe how they align work-based learning with other education priorities, including CTE, employability skills, and the Every Student Succeeds Act to ensure students are prepared for tomorrow’s workforce demands.


Pursuit of Equity: Leveraging Career and Technical Education for Students with Disabilities

State leaders from Washington will discuss strategies for leveraging career and technical education (CTE) to support career readiness for students with disabilities and share recommendations for cross-systems collaboration. Researchers will highlight the latest research findings on CTE and students with disabilities.


Aligning K–12 and Postsecondary Career Pathways with Workforce Needs

This brief from the Education Commission of the States examines the policymaking activity of 13 states concerning two core areas: (1) how these states are establishing processes for educators and employers to use workforce data to set goals that align with high school and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs; and (2) how these states are developing strategies that scale up career pathways in a way that connects K–12 education to postsecondary CTE initiatives.  


Setting a Statewide Vision for Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is an educational strategy that offers students an opportunity to reinforce and deepen their classroom learning, explore future career fields, and demonstrate their skills in an authentic setting. This article from Advance CTE highlights how states can set a vision for work-based learning and provides some key questions when setting this statewide vision. The article highlights an example from Tennessee and their strategy for strengthening work-based learning. 

Removing Legal Barriers Around Work-Based Learning

Education leaders and employers across the country are working together to develop a well-prepared and competitive workforce. Work-based learning is an effective strategy for connecting students’ classroom learning to their future careers. This article from Advance CTE discusses the state’s role is removing potential legal barriers around work-based learning and provides key questions to ask when confronting those legal barriers. The article also highlights examples from New Jersey.

How States are Making Career Readiness Count: A 2016 Update

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a number of key provisions related to career readiness. It includes an updated definition of a “well-rounded” education and requires schools to add, at minimum, one indicator of school quality or student success to their accountability system. This brief details considerations for using these indicators and offers appendices highlighting how states define these indicators in their accountability systems.      

Career and Technical Education: Five Ways that Pay Along the Way to the B.A.

In the United States, postsecondary education and training have become more necessary than ever. Completing this education and training is the new threshold one must meet for access to a middle-class life. Unlike other countries, the American career and technical education (CTE) system provides inroads to further education and college degrees; promotes career mobility as an avenue for lifelong learning; and provides retraining for workers who have seen their jobs shipped overseas or outmoded by technological advancements. This report has two parts.


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