Power Up Your CTE Curricula!

Our PowerUp! Workshop, featuring our three evidence-based professional development models: Math-in-CTE, Literacy-in-CTE, and CTEDDI, took place February 22-23, 2013.

What Makes It Work

CTEDDI is the only evidence-based program designed to prepare CTE administrators and teachers to use assessment data to continuously improve programs and target individual and group needs in the CTE classroom.

Harnessing the Power of Assessment Data

"There is a change in how technical assessment data are now viewed. We now see data as a valuable tool for making instructional improvements.” – CTEDDI participant



Increasingly, evaluations of schools, programs, and teachers are being tied to student achievement. Educators say they welcome evaluations of their practice and programs, but need more support in interpreting and using student assessment data to make their instruction more effective and help their students achieve at higher levels and meet their learning objectives.

To help schools, teachers, and students excel, NRCCTE researchers at NOCTI spent three years researching, developing, and pilot testing  CTEDDI Career and Technical Educators using Data-Driven Improvement—a professional development model that empowers CTE administrators and educators to use student assessment data to enrich classroom practice,  capture student interest, and effectively target individual and group learning needs.

Unlike out-of-the-box, one-shot professional development, with CTEDDI:

  • Training is highly interactive and customized.
  • Professional development is a year-long process that includes ongoing mentoring.
  • Educators use their own students’ data to create classroom- and student-level instructional improvement plans.
  • Educators participate in an online collaborative community of practice with educators across the country.
  • Educators learn to make systematic, strategic instructional changes that can result in higher student scores and teacher performance evaluations.

CTEDDI technical assistance is available at the secondary and postsecondary level for states, districts, and/or schools and can be customized to meet specific needs.

Join educators in California, Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Chicago who are currently participating in CTEDDI.

Interested in one district's perspective on CTEDDI? Check out this Winter 2012 newsletter from the Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program in California.

To learn more, contact us at nrccte@nrccte.org.

Here are just a few of the benefits CTEDDI offers:


  • Useful data for improving instruction and increasing achievement
  • Continuous, supportive feedback from expert mentors, principals, and peers
  • Relevant, hands-on instructional strategies

The CTE Community

  • PD that aligns perfectly with Common Core and state CTE standards and accountability goals
  • Evidence of the return on investment of CTE
  • A systematic process for planning and justifying change


  • Individualized instruction that recognizes strengths and encourages mastery
  • Greater student engagement and motivation
  • Robust preparation for higher education and the workforce