Best Practices

The Pennsylvania CTE Best Practices Initiative (BPI) is documenting the strategies used by career and technical education (CTE) programs to create standards aligned systems and to support those systems with people, processes, and partnerships. All of these strategies are aligned to the goal of improving program quality and student achievements.

Perkins requires all eligible secondary and postsecondary institutions to identify successful educational programs to share and disseminate through the Bureau of Career and Technical Education Web site. The bureau continues its commitment to strengthening career and technical education programs needed for advancing students through high quality career and technical education to build student's knowledge base to assure a skilled workforce.

Pennsylvania is focused on the integration of aligning the academic and technical standards into career and technical programs. There are many exciting success stories occurring in schools. This is an opportunity for you to identify your best practice(s) at your local education agency. Submit Best Practices by using the standard form (WORD). Please download this form, complete and save it, and return it as an email attachment to For additional information on how to write up your submission, review the Rubric (PDF) to help you to provide a clear and concise description of the program or practice.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education has partnered with Meeder Consulting Group as part of a statewide, multi-year effort to increase the quality and impact of CTE programs, while ensuring that they are aligned with the Commonwealth's economic and workforce development priorities. The Meeder Consulting Group will continue to develop in-depth research for Pennsylvania. Please check out their spotlight case studies of CTE schools.

Pennsylvania CTE Best Practices Initiative Implementation Guides