Ten states do not require career and technical education programs to be offered. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia require districts/high schools to provide career and technical education programs. Information was not available for the remaining three states.
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Last updated: June 2008
Research conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth for questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Districts/high schools required to provide CTE program|
|Alaska||Yes. At its December 2007 meeting, the state board of education approved regulations for the Work Ready/College Ready Initiative. Districts must implement the program in the 2009-2010 school year.|
|Arkansas||Yes, nine units of career and technical education.|
|California||Yes, the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12 must offer courses in Applied Arts and Career Technical Education courses. In addition, the governing board of the local schools must adopt alternative means for pupils to complete the prescribed academic graduation requirements which may include career technical education courses in high school.|
|District of Columbia||Yes|
|Kansas||No, it is a local decision. However, districts can receive weighted state funding for delivering approved career and technical education courses.|
|Louisiana||Yes. Each high school is to offer not less than one vocational major program. Schools are encouraged to offer several programs from which students may choose.|
By the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year or as soon as funding is available, any eligible student age 16-21 must have the opportunity to be simultaneously enrolled in high school and in a technical training program at a community or technical college, in addition to any other available option.
|Maine||No. However, a locally-set standard for student performance (as asessed as part of the local assessment system) in applied technology is a requirement for graduation.|
|Massachusetts||No. Curriculum and graduation requirements are set by local boards of education.|
|Minnesota||No. All public school districts must develop local standards and assessments, and must offer programming either locally or collaboratively so that students can meet those standards and assessments.|
|New Hampshire||No information available|
|North Carolina||No information available|
|North Dakota||Yes, all high schools must offer two credits of CTE to be accredited.|
|Rhode Island||No. However, all of the districts do offer career and technical education courses.|
|Texas||Yes, districts must offer courses selected from at least three career and technical education areas.|
|Virginia||Yes, all districts must offer a minimum of three programs in career and technical education.|
|Wisconsin||No information available|
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