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Career/Technical Education: Agency or Agencies Providing Program Oversight

If an agency is charged with providing program oversight, it exerts control over the content and alignment of the curriculum. Thirty-two states have named the state department or the state board of education the responsible agency. Five states require the state department of education to work with either a workforce development agency or a career and technical education committee to oversee CTE programs. Four states require the state department of education to work with its postsecondary counterpart to oversee CTE offerings. Arkansas has entrusted its Department of Workforce Education with oversight. Four states have established a state board for career and technical education and charged that entity with program oversight. Alabama leaves program review to the local education agency and the Office of Civil Rights.

Why does it matter?

  • To advance career and technical education, the focus will be on the depth of the curriculum offered both at the secondary and postsecondary levels.
  • Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and will be updated as new policies are enacted.

    Last updated: June 2008

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Bush at 303.299.3631 or mbush@ecs.org with questions or comments about this database.

    Agency or agencies providing program oversight
    Alabama Local education agency and the Office of Civil Rights
    Alaska State Board of Education
    Arizona Department of Education
    Arkansas Arkansas Department of Workforce Education
    California Department of Education
    Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education
    Connecticut State Board of Education, Department of Education
    Delaware Department of Education, Economic and Workforce Development Council, Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education, and Tech-Prep Delaware
    Florida State Board of Education
    Georgia Career and Technical Education Advisory Commission and the State Department of Education
    Hawaii Department of Education
    Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education
    Illinois Illinois State Board of Education
    Indiana Department of Education and Department of Workforce Development
    Iowa Department of Education
    Kansas State Department of Education
    Kentucky Office of Career and Technical Education
    Louisiana Board of Regents
    Maine State Board of Education
    Maryland State Department of Education
    Massachusetts State Board of Education
    Michigan State Board of Education and Department of Career Development
    Minnesota For secondary programs, oversight is through the Department of Education
    For postsecondary programs, oversight is through the State Colleges and Universities
    Mississippi State Board of Education, Director of the Division of Vocational and Technical Education
    Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Office of Public Instruction
    Nebraska State Board of Education
    Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction, serving as Executive Officer for the State Board for Career and Technical Education.
    New Hampshire State Department of Education
    New Jersey Under contract with the state board of education, a district board of education (including a county vocational board of education) or under contract with career and technical training providers.
    New Mexico No information available
    New York Board of Regents
    North Carolina State Board of Education
    North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
    Ohio State Board of Education
    Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
    Oregon Department of Education and Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
    Pennsylvania Standing Committee of Vocational Education, State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    South Carolina State Board of Education
    South Dakota Office of Career and Technical Education, State Department of Education
    Tennessee State Board of Education and Department of Education
    Texas Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    Utah State Board of Education
    Vermont State Board of Education and Vermont Advisory Council on Technical Education
    Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education
    Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
    West Virginia State Board of Education
    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    Wyoming Department of Education


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