Access and Equity

Resources on topics such as special populations, non-traditional students, delivery systems, infrastructure and zip code equity

  • Policy
August 2004

The Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) program in Washington State provides technical and basic skills instruction through an integrated curriculum and has demonstrated powerful outcomes, including a dramatic increase in credential attainment.

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
November 2010

This report from the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) examines how online learning is being employed to ensure that learners have access to high-quality CTE programs and the academic, technical and employability skills necessary to be successful in the labor market.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
April 2013

This paper provides information on the history, benefits and cost effectiveness of area CTE centers, including several state examples. This is a useful resource for states that are looking to expand access to CTE in a cost-effective way.

  • Research/ Report
May 2013

This policy brief from MDRC summarizes an evaluation of the GED Bridge to Health and Business program, an approach to high school equivalency certification that not only prepares learners to pass the GED examination but also puts them on a path to further education and training.

  • Policy
May 2014

Tennessee Promise provides up to two free years of community college at any of the state’s 13 community colleges or 27 Colleges of Applied Technology in addition to learner supports and mentors that help high school students throughout the college application process.

  • Research/ Report
February 2015

This report from MDRC examines different programs and strategies to reduce the youth unemployment rate through education and training programs for in-school youth, out-of-school youth and college students. 

  • Research/ Report
  • Guide/Tool
July 2016

This white paper from the National PTA Association draws on findings from a national scan of the family engagement landscape to provide recommendations for engaging families around STEM learning.

  • Policy
April 2015

CTE Digital is an online course catalog offered through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy that allows CTE students in Idaho to access high-quality instruction and integrate virtual learning into their programs of study. 

The Learning that Works Resource Center was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co