State policymakers continue to seek ways their states can educate and train secondary students, so they graduate equipped to pursue postsecondary education or to meet the growing demand for a well-educated and skilled workforce.
Throughout the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, states enacted secondary CTE policy in one or more of the following areas:
- Awareness and Support: Increasing awareness and providing support and guidance for students to access CTE.
- Collaboration and Research: Fostering cross-agency collaboration and industry involvement in planning for, and the oversight of, CTE within a state.
- Graduation Requirements and Dual Credit: Ensuring students can pursue CTE courses and workbased learning experiences while earning high school and/or postsecondary credit.
- Work-Based Learning: Offering programs targeted at providing high school students with workbased experiences and paths to earning credentials.
- Funding: Providing financial support for a range of CTE programs, including work-based learning opportunities.