The CTE Research Network currently includes four research teams, each of which is working on a major IES-funded research project studying the impact of CTE. These teams participate in collaborative activities to share findings, strengthen their research, and learn from one another. The Network Lead facilitates these efforts, carries out research activities of its own, and communicates the network’s findings—all to provide policymakers and CTE practitioners with reliable evidence on CTE programs, policies, and practices.
The Network Lead team is carrying out two projects to advance CTE research. An evaluability assessment will identify two to six CTE programs or models that are most ready for rigorous evaluation. A second project will synthesize key findings from the network members' evaluations and other recent causal CTE studies.
The research teams are using causal designs to measure the impact of CTE programming on student outcomes. The six projects are examining technology-based career advising tools in a group of high schools; dual-enrollment CTE programming in a state (North Carolina); a school-based enterprise program (Virtual Enterprises) in a group of high schools across three states; and CTE programming in a group of schools (P-TECH 9–14), a large city (New York City), and a state (Connecticut). The projects also include implementation research and cost analyses.