The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which public school administrators believe that Career and Technology Student Organizations (CTSOs) are providing students the necessary skills for employability and academic success. Objectives focused on whether CTSOs are effective in developing students’ leadership skills, keeping them engaged in school, developing technical skills, and improving academic achievement. School administrators were surveyed via the internet. A 28% response rate was achieved.
Ninety-two percent of respondents indicated that their school offered students the opportunity to participate in CTSO activities. Administrators indicated that the FFA was the CTSO that was either most effective or second most effective in teaching leadership skills, keeping students engaged in school, improving technical skills, and improving academic achievement. HOSA and Skills USA also were consistent in being among the top three CTSOs that were effective in providing one of the four characteristics. Considering 80 percent as a benchmark, administrators perceived CTSOs very favorably as being either mostly effective or very effective in meeting students’ needs.