Program Quality

Resources on topics such as program approval, accreditation, standards, programs of study, evaluation, personalized learning and academic-technical integration

  • Research/ Report
May 2014

This report from Achieve and Advance CTE examines states’ use of career-ready indicators in their public reporting and accountability systems as recently as May 2014.

  • Research/ Report
January 2013

This report from MDRC summarizes a three-year evaluation of the Exploring Career and College Options program in California, Florida and Georgia. The report provides critical lessons and strategies for expanding career exploration activities in career academies. 

  • Policy
June 2007

Florida’s CAPE Act, initially passed in 2007, models how states can engage with industry and define quality industry certification standards for secondary and postsecondary students.

  • Policy
January 2013

Alabama’s 21st Century Workforce Act authorized the procurement of equipment for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across the state. Yet the way that the legislation was implemented offers a model for other states to revise the quality of their own CTE programs.

  • Policy
July 2014

In 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed H.B. 487 into law, which required schools in Ohio to provide CTE courses in seventh and eighth grades by the 2015-16 school year. Since then, Ohio has drastically increased access to middle school CTE programs for students.

  • Research/ Report
June 2012

With certificate attainment at an all time high, this report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce examines who earns certificates, where they are earning them and the earnings return of certificates.

  • Research/ Report
April 2019

This report by Advance CTE explores the benefits of credit for prior learning (CPL) policies, best practices in CPL across states and what states can do to advance CPL opportunities for learners. 

  • Case Study
October 2015

This report from CNA Education identifies high-growth, high-wage occupations in Tennessee and maps them to associated CTE Career Clusters ®.

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