Data for the State Profiles were drawn from a variety of sources. Please contact us at info@careertech.org if you have additional questions.

  • Data regarding secondary and postsecondary CTE performance indicators as well as Perkins funding are culled from the mandatory Perkins monitoring reports.  Per federal guidelines, states are required to meet 90 percent of their agreed upon performance levels. As such, a "Yes" to a particular performance element indicates that 90 percent of the target was met in the given year.*
  • 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: 2012-2013
    • Methodology: ELSi Table Generator with the following filters applied: State(s) (All Years): All 50 + DC; Operational Status [Public School] (All Years: 2012-13): 1-Currently operational; Grade 12 offered; School Type: 1-Regular School
    • Source: Elementary / Secondary Information System (ELSi)
  • Public High Schools Offering Solely/Primarily CTE
    • Years: 2012-2013
    • Methodology: ELSi Table Generator with the following filters applied: State(s) (All Years): All 50 + DC; Operational Status [Public School] (All Years: 2012-13): 1-Currently operational; Grade 12 offered; School Type: 3-Vocational School
    • Source: Elementary / Secondary Information System (ELSi)
  • Public High School Enrollment
    • Years: 2012-2013
    • Methodology: ELSi Table Generator with the following filters applied: State(s) (All Years): All 50 + DC; Highest Grade Offered [Public School] (All Years: 2012-13): 12th Grade; School Type: 1-Regular School
    • Source: Elementary / Secondary Information System (ELSi)
  • High School CTE Enrollment
    • Years: 2012-2013
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  • High School CTE Concentrator Enrollment
    • Years: 2012-2013
    • Note: These are duplicated counts from the "High School CTE Enrollment" figures presented on the profiles. Each state determines how a CTE concentrator is defined, and that definition is approved with the federal government. To see how states defined CTE concentrators in 2011-12, refer to page 57 of this report. Definitions rarely change from year to year.
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  • Public Community Colleges
    • Years: 2013-2014
    • Methodology: Search by state, select “public” and “two-year”
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator
  • Postsecondary CTE Concentrator Enrollment
    • Years: 2012-2013
    • Note: These are duplicated counts from the "Postsecondary CTE Enrollment" figures presented on the profiles. Each state determines how a CTE concentrator is defined, and that definition is approved with the federal government. To see how states defined CTE concentrators in 2011-12, refer to page 57 of this report. Definitions rarely change from year to year.
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  • Public Community College Enrollment
    • Years: 2011-2012
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics
  • Postsecondary CTE Enrollment
    • Years: 2012-2013
    • Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

*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 of performance (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.

** 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.

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. As of September 2015, the searchable tool is being revised and not currently available to the public.
  • Report to Congress on State Performance Program Year 2011-12: The U.S. Department of Education draws information from the states’ annual reports in order to submit a comprehensive report to Congress. The most recent year available to the public is 2011-2012.
  • PCRN-Resources and Tools: Best practices, collaborative efforts and other qualitative and quantitative measures of success via the PCRN.