New NRCCTE Impact Report Highlights Five Years of Influence on Education and Workforce Development

New NRCCTE Impact Report Highlights Five Years of Influence on Education and Workforce Development

7/24/2012
Louisville, KY

The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) at the University of Louisville today released its 2007-2012 Impact Report, which outlines the influence of the NRCCTE’s research, professional development, technical assistance, and related activities on the fields of education and workforce development, particularly on career and technical education (CTE) educators, administrators, researchers, policymakers, and the media.

The 2007-2012 Impact Report focuses on how the NRCCTE’s varied agenda has influenced and continues to influence national and international discussions of CTE and the contribution CTE can make to improve young people’s high school experience and transition to postsecondary education and productive careers. With a goal of driving research into practice, the NRCCTE has explored issues of urgency not just to the field of CTE but also to the nation’s higher education system, recovering economy, and evolving labor market. Through its research, the NRCCTE has focused on evaluations of programs of study/career pathways; the design and rigorous testing of approaches to curriculum integration of academic and technical content knowledge and skills; the exploration of strategies to increase postsecondary student engagement and achievement; specific strategies for using data to improve the design and delivery of CTE; and testing evidence-based approaches to professional development for CTE educators.

“The work we have been able to accomplish has provided a better understanding of how CTE can contribute to the broader goal of college and career readiness for all high school and community college students,” said James R. Stone III, Director of the NRCCTE.

Highlights of the report include features on the NRCCTE’s major publications, multimedia productions, and appearances in peer-reviewed journals and news outlets, including:

  • A co-authored report on the best education pathways out of the jobless recovery,  Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018;
  • An Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis article featuring findings from a meta-analysis of college retention programs targeted to at-risk students;
  • A return on investment analysis of the benefits of workforce development programs, including secondary and postsecondary CTE; and
  • The citation of NRCCTE research in the New York Times.

The report also describes the impact of the NRCCTE’s evidence-based Math-in-CTE curriculum integration professional development model. The NRCCTE has moved the compelling results of its Math-in-CTE research into classroom practice through technical assistance to states and professional development for teachers. Since first launched in 2006, nearly 30 states and large school districts have improved the math skills of over 17,000 CTE students using Math-in-CTE. Highlighted as a scientifically based curriculum integration approach in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2010 Learning for Jobs report, Math-in-CTE has proved so successful that multiple states have included it in policy.

Learn more about the NRCCTE here on our website, www.nrccte.org.