Program Quality

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

  • Research/ Report
July 2014

This paper analyzes 18 sets of industry-based standards to determine how well they match up to the Common Career Technical Core, aiming to provide actionable information to state and local CTE leaders.

  • Guide/Tool
November 2014

This report, the result of a year-long task force convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers, presents a clear set of actions states can take to ensure more students graduate from high school prepared for high-skill, high-demand careers.

  • Case Study
January 2015

This report from Asia Society, Longview Foundation, ACTE and Advance CTE discusses the importance of including global skills and perspectives into high-quality CTE. It includes examples for educators and policymakers who wish to integrate global competencies into CTE classrooms.

  • Case Study
March 2015

This report from CIEB is one of three case studies that examine international approaches to vocational education and training. This report explores the vocational education system in Switzerland. 

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
April 2015

This report from MDRC provides a brief history of CTE, examines common career pathway models to identify design principles, and charts a path forward for strengthening and expanding local career pathways.

  • Research/ Report
April 2015

This Advance CTE brief explores common approaches to offering or requiring CTE courses and assessments within a statewide set of graduation requirements, offers illustrative examples of state-level policies and elevates implementation issues for consideration.

  • Case Study
June 2015

This brief from Achieve highlights how Massachusetts promotes strong career-focused programming both in the career/vocational technical school system and in the education system more broadly.

  • Case Study
June 2015

This brief from Achieve profiles Ohio's success in transforming Career Technical Education (CTE) to better integrate academic and hands-on learning.

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