Six Stories About Six States: Programs of Study

Six Stories About Six States: Programs of Study

Apr 2011


Rob Shumer
Cynthia Digby
University of Minnesota

Executive Summary:

The purpose of this investigation is to tell the story of how six states are developing Programs of Study (POS) as mandated by the Perkins IV federal legislation. Our effort focuses on how states’ technical assistance systems evolved and what successes and challenges existed for states developing POS. There was no intent to compare one state with another; instead, we sought to identify those elements they have in common and those that are unique to each state. The report includes profiles of each state, which are located throughout the United States.

States for the study were recommended from a group of states that had applied to a national organization to receive technical assistance on their POS. From that pool of states, three were selected from among those who received formal technical assistance;  three were also selected from those that had not been included in the formal technical assistance program. All states agreed voluntarily to participate in the study.



Shumer, R., & Digby, C. (2011, April). Six stories about six states: Programs of study. Louisville, KY: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville.