Does Technology-Based Advising Promote Equity in Career and Technical Education?
As CTE expands, educators must ensure they engage underrepresented groups and provide equitable opportunities in high-quality programs of study. For example, evidence shows that White male students are overrepresented in STEM-related CTE programs. Career-advising tools may offer an effective way to help students identify and pursue CTE and career-based opportunities, particularly in schools with limited career counseling services. The network research team at MDRC is conducting a study testing the efficacy of two widely used technology-based career advising tools—Naviance and YouScience. This brief provides a high-level overview of the study, including its purpose and goals.