Research Reports


The NRCCTE’s research focuses on issues of urgency to both the field of CTE and the nation’s higher education system, recovering economy, and evolving labor market, addressing such topics as programs of study (POS)/career pathways, curriculum integration of CTE and academic research knowledge and skills, postsecondary student retention and completion, and professional development for educators in the areas of data use for program improvement and support for alternatively certified CTE educators.

Research Reports

This report provides a conceptual base for work-based learning (WBL), a strategy that helps students apply academic and technical skills and develop employability skills. WBL has been identified as an important issue for state and local program reform and implementation, but there is a need to better understand WBL as part of secondary CTE programs.

This report presents the results of the NRCCTE's five-year collaboration with SREB to develop an induction model for new CTE teachers pursuing an alternative route to certification that increases their competence, self-efficacy, and retention.

Through the typology presented in this report, we have sought to provide a more nuanced way of exploring and analyzing the CTE credit-taking experience of all high school students, not just those traditionally considered CTE students. The typology provides a better framework for understanding CTE than the more traditional approach that classifies students as either academic or vocational concentrators.

In this final report of the Crosswalk Validation project, a joint effort of the NRCCTE and the National Association of State Directors of Career-Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), the project's co-authors describe the process by which they developed a set of revised Perkins crosswalk tables that connect Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes, Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes, Career Clusters, and Career Pathways. 

This report, developed after the NRCCTE received numerous requests from the field about how to conduct return on investment (ROI) studies, describes different approaches to measuring ROI, outlines the steps needed to conduct an ROI study of CTE, and provides a basic protocol that the field might adopt when undertaking ROI studies.