Career and Technical Education (CTE) Survey 2023

Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives students real-world, hands-on experience in a variety of employment fields. Formerly known as Vocational Education (or Vo-Tech), CTE programs in Missouri schools encompass a variety of educational programs and pathways, including programs in Agriculture; Business and Marketing; Health Sciences; Family and Consumer Sciences; Skilled Technical Sciences (e.g. Automotive Repair, Collision Repair Computer Sciences, Construction, Law Enforcement, Machining, and Welding); and Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

This survey asks questions about your general perceptions of CTE programs. It will ask a series of general questions discussing your perceptions of CTE and then, depending on the way you identify in the survey (as a student, parent, business leader, or educator) will direct you to questions that focus specifically on that role. Please choose the answer that most closely represents your perceptions, ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. An “I Don’t Know” option is also available if you do not have awareness or an opinion on a particular answer.
This information is being collected by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE's) CTE Advisory Council and is used to help guide the group in their decision making processes. Your responses will be kept confidential and will be aggregated with other responses to help the Council better understand how students, parents, business leaders, and educators see CTE in Missouri.

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* Please complete the survey by April 12. Thank you!

General Questions:  I feel like:

  Strongly Agree Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree I Don't Know
Students taking CTE courses are socioeconomically and racially diverse.
Students in CTE programs are as respected as those who take more traditional classes.
Courses should be taught by combining classroom teaching with content about related careers.
The most important thing schools should do is to teach the skills needed in the workplace.
The most important thing schools should do is to teach courses that meet college entrance requirements.
The most important thing schools should do is to teach courses that meet high school graduation requirements.
CTE courses should provide high-quality, work-based learning experiences.
CTE is a pathway into college.
CTE-related professions pay less than fields requiring a four-year degree.
Schools should work with local employers to stay informed about what skills are needed in the workplace.
The name “Career and Technical Education” has a negative connotation.
CTE tends to focus on students who probably will not go to college.
CTE is just as important as subjects such as math, English, science, and social studies.
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