The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE) that states can adopt voluntarily. The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers.
In October 2013, NASDCTEc released a report – The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards – providing a national view on how states adopt, organize and implement CTE standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. This report also compares state CTE standards to the Common Career Technical Core. Never before has this information been gathered about states’ CTE standards and policies, nor have all states’ CTE standards been analyzed using a common benchmark, setting a new baseline for understanding CTE across the country.