Findings from the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education (NACTE) will offer federal policymakers an opportunity to assess the effect of legislative changes enacted in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the NACTE study focuses on state and local implementation of three major components of Perkins IV: accountability systems, programs of study and finance systems.
The study’s research design calls for collecting data through state and local surveys, case studies, web searches, expert panels, interviews and focus groups. As a member of a broad-based research team led by MPR Associates, Inc., FHI 360 assumed lead responsibility for case studies conducted in six states and three local communities within each state, as well as for the analysis of state and local implementation of programs of study. Other members of the NACTE team are the Research Triangle Institute and Branch Associates.
In addition, FHI 360 contributed to the design of instruments used to survey state and local career and technical education directors at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, as well as the development of a logic model that was used to guide the national assessment.
NACTE produced a final report that describes the implementation of Perkins IV at the state and local levels, as well as a report to Congress currently under review by the U.S. Department of Education in advance of submission in early 2013.