Career & Technical Education (CTE) study

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is this study 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 provide feedback on a set of survey questions for a Career & Technical Education (CTE) study. Students feedback about the survey will help IES improve the survey, so that it can be easily understood and answered by thousands of high school students across the country.

Where will the interview take place?

Interviews will be conducted remotely via a virtual meeting platform (GoToMeeting). Participants must have access to either a desktop or a laptop computer (not smart phone or iPad) as well as a high-speed internet connection and webcam.

What will happen during the interview?

During the interview, your student will be asked to answer survey questions about education and career related topics. The study will ask students their understanding of the survey items. 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. After answering certain survey questions, the interviewer will ask follow-up questions to get the student’s opinion on the survey. These questions ask them to evaluate the difficulty and ability to understand survey questions, and their confidence in the answers provided.

How long will the whole session last?

The interview will last no more than 90 minutes.

Will information be kept confidential?

Yes. The student will be assigned a unique identifier (ID) and names will not be linked to responses. All of the information provided 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). Audio and video of the session will be recorded only for analysis.

Is there an incentive for participating?

Yes. Upon completion of the interview, students will receive a $25 virtual gift card and parents will receive a $10 virtual gift card via e-mail 5-10 business days after the interview; this e-gift card will also be from a major credit card company.

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.

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.