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Promoting Access, Inclusion, and Success of Students with Emotional Disturbance in Career and Technical Education

Date: 9/1/2022-8/31/2025
Funder: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Project Number: 90IFRE0064
Funding: $599,725
PI: Marsha Ellison, PhD

Description: This project revises and pilot tests Translating Evidence to Support Transitions in Career and Technical Education (TEST-CTE), a guide for special educators on how to promote CTE for special education students with emotional disturbance. Prior research has shown improved employment outcomes after four credits of high school CTE for these students, leading to the development of TEST-CTE. Project goals are to:

  1. revise the existing TEST-CTE guide to assure a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens
  2. conduct a randomized pilot of TEST-CTE

Student-level outcomes are assessed for CTE credits earned, presence of post-secondary transition goals for careers, student vocational self-efficacy, and stigma about CTE coursework. Project outcomes include a revised TEST-CTE guide that assures cultural relevance for minority students, and tested study processes and outcomes.