Assessing Administrative Structures, Delivery Models, and Funding Mechanisms for Offering High-Quality Career and Technical Education in Oregon: Selection of States for Analysis
The Oregon Department of Education’s 2007-09 Legislatively Adopted Budget includes funds to support a study of best practices in Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Oregon, as well as a study of CTE structures and delivery systems in other states. Up to seven states will be selected for in-depth research and analysis and comparison to Oregon. The findings of that comprehensive investigation will serve as the foundation for developing strategies to increase the number of high quality CTE programs, strengthen existing programs, and provide greater access to CTE instruction for secondary and postsecondary students.
The initial phase of the multi-part study calls for a review of states’ performance, graduation requirements, and use of CTE earmarks in order to select those to be included in the analysis. In addition to these three factors, researchers also considered states’ funding approaches, their allocation of federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins) funds between secondary and postsecondary programs, and whether states plan to merge their federal Tech Prep and Basic Grant funds, particularly in support of Programs of Study.