State & National Reports

National Reports

Listed below are a number of major national reports on career and technical education, along with links to other national organizations that support the expansion and enhancement of CTE.

Pathways to Prosperity, the landmark report by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, on the importance of career and technical education to America’s economic future that launched nation-wide policy interest in CTE. (February, 2011)

Room to Grow:  Identifying New Frontiers for Apprenticeships, a report from Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work and labor market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, says that expanding apprenticeships from traditional trades to other occupations can serve as a pathway to middle-class jobs for millions of Americans.  (November, 2017)

Public School Parents on the Value of Public Education, the results of a survey conducted for the American Federation of Teacher.  Among the findings: Parents value career and technical education and would like to see CTE opportunities increase for their children. (October, 2017)

Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers, a report from the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce that calls for states to help students, their families, and employers unpack the meaning of postsecondary credentials and assess their value in the labor market. (July, 2017)

Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students, a report from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) that says our nation’s secondary schools must provide young people with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enable them to lead productive and fulfilling lives. (November, 2014)

Innovation Imperative: Enhancing the Talent Pipeline, a report by Northeastern University that explores the concern among American employers that the United States’ education system prepares too many graduates who are unprepared for the modern workplace.  The report offers several possible solutions, including an expanded role for CTE at both the secondary and postsecondary level. (April, 2014)

The Hidden STEM Economy, a report from the Brookings Institute that finds that US policymakers have mainly focused on supporting workers with at least a BA degree, overlooking a strong potential workforce of those with less education but substantial STEM skills. (June, 2013)

The Progress of Education Reform: Career and Technical Education: Not Your Father’s Vocational Education, an issue brief from the Education Commission of the States that describes the renewed interest in CTE by state policymakers and provides details on some of the incentives that have been adopted to enhance and expand CTE opportunities. (February, 2013)

Career and Technical Education: Five Ways that Pay Along the Way to the B.A., a report from the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce that says there are 29 million jobs (21% of all jobs) for workers without Bachelor’s degrees. The report also details five major sub-baccalaureate, career and technical education (CTE) pathways: employer-based training, industry-based certifications, apprenticeships, postsecondary certificates, and associate’s degrees. (September, 2012)

Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees, a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce which says that certificates are the fastest-growing postsecondary credential and second only to Bachelor’s degrees earned each year.  The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the returns for certificates and who earns them. (June, 2012)

Up to the Challenge:  The Role of Career and Technical Education and 21st Century Skills in College and Career Readiness, a report from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Advance CTE and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) on the demand for skills in the global economy and methods by which this demand can be met. (2010)

Common Core Standards & Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide Between College and Career Education, a report by ACHIEVE that lays out a blueprint for increased engagement between state education leaders and the career and technical education (CTE) community.  The report was developed in partnership with the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advanced CTE. (May, 2012)

State Reports

Reseeding Growth in the Garden State, a report from McKinsey & Co. that says New Jersey can build a future-oriented, high-growth economy by addressing challenges in business, infrastructure, investment, and its workforce.  (July, 2017)

Career and Technical Education: New Jersey’s Pathway to Prosperity, a report from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.  (January, 2014)