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ERIC Number: ED592352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
State Policies Impacting CTE: 2017 Year in Review
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
In the 2017 calendar year, 49 states and Washington, D.C., carried out a total of 241 policy actions related to CTE and career readiness, including legislation, executive orders, board of education actions and budget provisions. This is a marked increase from 2016, one that reflects the priorities of state leaders. According to the Education Commission of the States' review of 2017 State of the State addresses, governors in 24 states discussed workforce development and CTE in their speeches, using the bully pulpit to elevate CTE as a policy priority. In Michigan, for example, Gov. Rick Snyder celebrated funding increases in postsecondary CTE programs and called for similar investments in K-12 CTE, including more money for career counselors. Later in the year, he signed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget that appropriated $1.2 million for CTE counselors, nearly $10 million for CTE equipment upgrades and $1 million to expand a web-based career preparation and readiness platform. Across the states, the top CTE and career readiness priority in 2017 was funding. This continues a five year trend of funding as the top policy category identified in this analysis. 2017 also marked a significant shift in the breadth of policy activity, with far more states taking action on CTE and career readiness than in prior years. States most frequently addressed the following five policy areas:(1) Funding; (2) Data, reporting and/or accountability; (3) Industry-recognized credentials; (4) Dual/concurrent enrollment, articulation and early college; and (5) Industry partnerships and work-based learning. This report from Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the fifth annual review of CTE and career readiness policies across the United States. It represents the only comprehensive national snapshot of state activity related to CTE and career readiness, and provides a critical opportunity for state and national leaders to reflect on national trends and consider future directions. [For the 2016 report, "State Policies Impacting CTE: 2016 Year in Review," see ED592351.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE); Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work
Identifiers - Location: United States