Supporting High Quality Career and Technical Education through Federal and State Policy


This paper will provide ideas on how federal and state policies can support a greater role for CTE in high school reform by providing meaningful, relevant, and rigorous learning opportunities for all youth. Despite the widespread presence of CTE in most high schools, many policymakers have limited knowledge about CTE and the changes it has undergone or are unsure how CTE can play a role in redesigned high schools and expanded learning options for youth.

As education policymakers wrestle with the complexities of school reform and ensuring a well-educated and skilled workforce, career and technical education (CTE) continues to surface as a tested strategy to engage students in their learning and prepare them for postsecondary education and the complex world of the 21st Century.

CTE Career and Technical Education

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