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CTE students have dramatically increased their postsecondary enrollment since the 1990s, particularly students earning more CTE credits.
This National Center for Education Statistics data shows that high school graduates from the class of 2004 with some CTE but less than two credits, and high school graduates who earned between 2 and 3.99 CTE credits, had enrolled in college within eight years at nearly the same rate—90 percent and 91 percent. In comparison, students earning 2-3 CTE credits (i.e., CTE concentrators) from the class of 1992 only had 85 percent college enrollment.
Share this data with policymakers, media and parents to let them know that CTE supports students on the pathway to postsecondary education.
[i] National Center for Education Statistics, Data Point: Career and Technical Education Coursetaking and Postsecondary Enrollment and Attainment: High School Classes of 1992 and 2004, July 2016.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 02/27/2017 at 02:49 PM in Data and Research, Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
To begin, I have a very hard time with the ACTE-publicized figure that 94 percent of HS students graduate having enrolled in a CTE course. This is a half-truth, and it is wrong for you to promulgate it. The Data Point occupational subject areas are nice, but the courses are often taken as electives and avocational---cooking, business law, etc. These can be valuable, but they do not meet Perkins or many state-level standards. Lee Ann Wilson does some good things, but this 94 percent business is "over the line". Am I incorrect?
In my opinion, the only students who should be tracked in this type study are those with approved CTE programs. Unfortunately, Perkins does a poor job of tracking graduates. NCES could do the country a favor by doing a study to obtain a truly valid eight year number. Otherwise it is really meaningless. Please think it over.
Robert Mauro, Retired PA CTE Director |
02/28/2017 at 07:13 PM
Thanks for your comment! You are correct that the 94 percent enrollment figure includes courses in Family and Consumer Sciences and basic labor market preparation like Keyboarding, which are categorized by NCES as non-occupational CTE. If you just look at what NCES classifies as occupational education, it’s 85 percent enrollment. That latter figure could include courses like Business Law that may or may not be part of a program of study.
ACTE takes an inclusive view of what is defined as CTE. We support a broad member base, some of whom teach both introductory courses and the more specific occupational courses. We use the 94 stat to reflect that breadth.
And we’re in total agreement that we need more and better data! There are big gaps, and the NCES and OCTAE datasets are so different. We would love to see NCES do in-depth, longitudinal research on CTE and we have been advocating for that for Perkins reauthorization.
Catherine Imperatore, ACTE |
03/02/2017 at 10:09 AM
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