Data for the State Profiles were drawn from a variety of sources. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have additional questions.

  • Data regarding secondary and postsecondary CTE indicators as well as Perkins and non-Perkins funding are culled from the mandatory Perkins monitoring reports.*
  • Information describing a state’s mission and organizational structure is self-reported by the NASDCTEc membership. Further analysis of its Career Clusters and Programs of Study comes from the state’s public websites and other NASDCTEc collected information.**

The National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) databases - Common Core of Data, Elementary/Secondary School Information and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System - also provide secondary and postsecondary institutional and enrollment data that is used to develop NASDCTEc's state profiles.

  • Public High Schools
    • Years: 2011-2012
    • Methodology: Public school search by state, select “includes grade 12”
  • Public High Schools Offering Solely/Primarily CTE
    • Years: 2011-2012
    • Methodology: Public school search by grade level and state, select “includes grade 12” and only select “vocational schools”
  • Public High School Enrollment
    • Years: 2009-2010
    • Methodology: Level=State; Table=State Enrollments by Grade
  • High School CTE Enrollment
    • Years: 2009-2010
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, “Report to Congress on State Performance Program Year 2009-10”, page 13
  • Public Community Colleges
    • Years: 2013-2014 (Fall Enrollment)
    • Methodology: Search by state, select “public” and “two-year”
  • Public Community College Enrollment (full and part-time)
    • Years: 2009-2010
  • Postsecondary CTE Enrollment
    • Years: 2009-2010
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, “Report to Congress on State Performance Program Year 2009-10”, page 13

*The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 requires regular reports to Congress on state performance. These are amalgamated by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) and made available through the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network for Program and Data Quality (PCRN). PCRN reports contain information on core indicators (academic attainment, attainment of diplomas or degrees, placement and retention in further education or employment, and participation and completion of non-traditional training programs) for secondary and postsecondary CTE programs on a state-by-state basis. Also included are federal allocations, enrollment by gender, and a brief description of program improvement and data quality efforts for each state.

Useful resources available from PCRN include:

  • The Consolidated Annual Report (CAR): A mandatory fiscal and accountability report submitted by each state to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) that provides performance information on Perkins indicators. The Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) provides CAR reporting data for each state beginning with 2000-2001 through 2011-2012.
  • Report to Congress on State Performance Program Year 2009-10: The U.S. Department of Education draws information from the states’ annual reports (see above) in order to submit a comprehensive report to Congress. The most recent year available is 2009-2010.
  • PCRN-Resources and Tools: Best practices, collaborative efforts and other qualitative and quantitative measures of success via the PCRN.
  • Full hyperlink glossary of Perkins accountability terms and definitions.

** NASDCTEc conducts annual membership surveys to gather data across a wide variety of indicators, sample best practices from each state and receive member feedback regarding common trends among the states. While the data are submitted in confidence and are not published, some responses may be used in crafting state profiles.