Program Quality

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

  • Research/ Report
October 2017

This research study examines coursetaking behavior for high school students and finds that CTE coursetaking in high school was associated with lower chances of dropout and increased chances of on-time graduation.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
January 2012

This report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) explores various approaches taken by states to award credit for academic content taught and mastered through CTE courses, as well as the policies states need to consider as they develop, validate and assess such CTE courses.

  • Research/ Report
July 2018

This report from Advance CTE, ASSM, CSSS and ITEAA outlines three principles and corresponding recommendations to drive and implement outstanding STEM education research and practices. 

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
April 2018

This snapshot profiles Massachusetts’ progress in the New Skills for Youth initiative.

  • Research/ Report
  • Guide/Tool
May 2012

The Common Core State Standards offer an opportunity for education leaders to "bridge the divide" across disciplines, and provide a more rigorous and relevant learning experience for students. This report from Achieve provides key strategies for state and district leaders.

  • Policy
June 2012

In 2012, the Tennessee Department of Education began a three-phase process to revise and align CTE programs of study with industry and postsecondary opportunities and develop an assessment system to evaluate student mastery. This profile describes Tennessee's approach to standards revision.

  • Guide/Tool
August 2018

This guide from ExcelinEd outlines a three-phase audit process to address CTE program quality, alignment and overall effectiveness.

  • Research/ Report
April 2018

This report from the American Enterprise Institute draws on data from the US Department of Education's Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 to examine the noncognitive skills of CTE students.

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