Featured Projects

Appalachia's Stem Occupation Forecast: Projections of the High-Growth, High-Wage Stem Occupations Through 2024

The Appalachia's STEM Occupation Forecast identifies the high-growth, high-wage STEM occupations in four states in the Appalachian region — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. School, district, and postsecondary staff, as well as state policymakers can use the brief as a resource to inform the development and expansion of STEM education and training in the region. Read more

Manufacturing a Way to Career Readiness

As part of our ongoing focus to support workforce development and career education, CNA recently released Manufacturing a Way to Career Readiness and is continuing to release a series of products that examine how advanced manufacturers measure entry-level job applicants’ career readiness and continued training needs. By interviewing representatives from leading manufacturers—including Catalent Pharma Solutions, Ford Motor Company, Roll Forming Aerospace, and Toyota Motor North America—and reviewing professional literature, we developed a report, graphics, and video about how educators and industry can work together to more efficiently and effectively help students transition to careers. Read more

Changing the Way Students Prepare for the Future

CNA Education developed an interactive labor market analysis tool that allows Career and Technical Education (CTE) students to create a list of high-wage, high-demand jobs that match interests, education level, and salary requirements. Read more

Evaluation of Program for Employment Training

The Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative (HL-SCI) developed a program to recruit and train veterans and workers who were unemployed, underemployed, or displaced by foreign trade. CNA Education served as a third-party evaluator for the program, examining the program’s implementation and its effect on student outcomes. The evaluation found that the grant greatly expanded access to HL-SCI programs and increased the availability of academic supports, such as online booster modules that provide supplemental instruction to help students succeed. Read more

Bringing Rigorous Coursework to Rural Schools

The Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium aims to improve college and career readiness in rural schools by increasing students’ access to, participation in, and completion of advanced courses. Read more

Evaluation of Florida's Developmental Education Redesign

CNA Education researchers Dr. Christine Mokher and Dr. Julie Harris are supporting Florida State University as it evaluates the long-term outcomes of a recent developmental education reform of the Florida College System. Read more

Teacher and Principal Evaluation System Research in Maryland

CNA Education is helping the Maryland State Department of Education identify potential correlations between outcomes from its Teacher and Principal Evaluation Model and observable teacher characteristics. Read more

The CTE Equation in Florida and Tennessee

CNA Education examined whether career and technical education (CTE) programs in Florida and Tennessee are preparing students for high-growth/high-wage career fields. Read more

Appalachia Rising

This systematic review of data and research on education in middle Appalachia suggests that education opportunities and outcomes are improving in the region. The report also identifies continuing challenges and highlights the importance of Appalachian culture in education improvement initiatives. Read more

College-Ready by High School Graduation?

Under a 2011 statewide policy, Florida 11th graders who test just below “college-ready” must enroll in 12th-grade “college readiness and success” courses that the state hopes will prepare them for introductory college coursework. Read more

Applied Research and Technical Assistance for Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

CNA Education operated the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia, part of a network of 10 such laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more on the Institute of Education Sciences website.

Evaluation of TAACCCT Grant-Funded Manufacturing Employment Training Program

CNA Education is currently serving as the third-party evaluator for the Southwest SOLUTIONS program, which provides courses and on-the-job training for those interested in careers as maintenance technicians or process technicians. Read more

Teachers Using Data to Inform Practice and Improve Student Performance in Mathematics

The professional development program Using Data has teachers work together to analyze data on student performance, share expertise, try new ideas, and learn from content specialists. Read more

Mastery Learning

With the increased interest in mastery learning, schools are asking how to implement the approach. Research describing how the process plays out in today’s classrooms is limited, however. Read more