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About CTE Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) Career/Technical Education (CTE) Statistics system derives data about CTE primarily from existing NCES surveys, including high school transcript collections; surveys of secondary schools and faculty; surveys of postsecondary students and institutions; and longitudinal surveys that track secondary and postsecondary students through schooling and into the labor market.

The tables provided on this website (see menu list on left) provide NCES' most general statistical information about CTE. The secondary (high school) tables provide information on where and how CTE is offered, student participation in CTE, student transitions from high school to postsecondary education and work, and the characteristics of CTE teachers. The postsecondary tables provide information on occupational education offerings and credentials awarded, student participation, and student persistence and labor market outcomes.

Tables on adults provide information on adults' attainment of occupational licenses and certifications. Additional data on adult education, available in archived tables, come from an NCES survey that was discontinued (due to response rate issues) after 2005. NCES's data collection on adult education and training is currently being re-conceptualized (see GEMEnA website), with the expectation that new information will be available in 2017 or 2018.

More interpretative information on CTE is available in NCES reports on various CTE topics; these reports can be found at the "Publications and Products" link on the menu bar at the top of this page. Information on postsecondary CTE is also available in a document prepared for a 2013 international study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).