Career & Technical Education (CTE) study


Thank you for your interest in this important effort. Please see the FAQ below. If your child is interested in participating and earning $10 for their time, please click on the following link and answer a few screening questions to find out if your student qualifies for this nationwide study.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is this survey about?

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science (IES), EurekaFacts, a research company based in Rockville, MD, is looking for high students in grades 9,10 and 11 to complete a pilot survey about career readiness and Career & Technical Education (CTE) opportunities in schools. The responses from the survey will help IES improve the survey, so that the final version best serves thousands of high school students across the country. IES is authorized to conduct this study by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002, 20 U.S.C. §9543).

How do students take the survey?

The survey is done completely online, either on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Parents complete the online screener and qualified students are immediately able to take the survey.

What does the survey consist of?

Student will answer survey questions about education and career related topics. Some topics include student thinking about career options, choice of relevant coursework and work-based options, and decisions about CTE concentration in available pathways and programs of study.

How long is the survey?

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Will information be kept confidential?

Yes. Information provided by students may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). Student’s answers are for research purposes only and will not be shared with anyone, including their school.

Is there an incentive for participating?

Yes. Upon completion of the survey, a $10 virtual gift card will be emailed to the parent’s email within 5-10 business days. This e-gift card will also be from a major credit card company. We strongly encourage participants to use their gift cards within the first six months of receipt to avoid additional processing fees that may occur.

What are the possible risks of being in the study?

There are no known risks to participating in this voluntary study.

Who can I contact with questions or for further information?

If you have any questions about the study, you can call Robert Suls, the Project Director, at 240-403-4800 or send us an email at any time.

Can participation end early?

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You have the right to refuse to answer particular questions. You may elect to stop answering the survey questions at any time.