Program Quality

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

  • Research/ Report
May 2017

This report from the George Washington University Center on Education Policy (CEP) draws on information from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to better understand the value of deeper learning competencies in the labor market. 

  • Case Study
March 2016

This report by the Manhattan Institute looks at the state of CTE in New York City, praising the success of New York City's instructional CTE programs and offering recommendations to further improve the quality and effectiveness of the system.

  • Guide/Tool
July 2015

This Advance CTE rubric is for state administrators to use as they assess the progress made on the implementation of the Career Clusters®.

  • Policy
August 2015

This policy profile describes Delaware's CTE program of study approval policy. The policy was adopted in 2015 and provides two options for local education agencies: either adopting state-model programs of study or developing local programs of study that must be approved by the state.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
May 2013

This Advance CTE brief defines career academies, describes their history and outlines research supporting these dynamic institutions. National, state and local career academy-related efforts are highlighted.

  • Policy
May 2005

South Carolina’s Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA), passed in 2005, requires every high school student to declare a "major" aligned with a Career Cluster, and every district to offer a standards-based academic curriculum organized around Career Clusters.

  • Research/ Report
June 2008

Career Academies, designed to provide academic and technical training around a career theme, are a widely-used approach for high school reform. This MDRC study evaluates Career Academies, describing how they influenced students’ labor market prospects and postsecondary education attainment.

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
February 2011

Pathways to Prosperity, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, analyzed the reasons that America has failed to prepare so many of its youth, and suggests a national strategy that focuses on approaches beyond an academic, classroom-based education system.

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