A new study, Challenging Traditional Expectations: How New York City’s CTE High Schools Are Helping Students Graduate [PDF] by Lazar Treschan and Apurva Mehrotraof the Community Service Society (CSS), “tracks the outcomes of a cohort of 79,705 students — including 6,262 from CTE schools in the city – from September 2008 when they entered high school through June and August 2012 graduations. Drawing on previous work on CTE schools by a 2008 Mayoral Task Force and a 2012 Public Advocate’s report, the CSS study is the first quantitative, statistical analysis of CTE student and school-level data.”
Some key findings:
- New York City public high school students are more likely to graduate if they attend a CTE school.
- Individual CTE schools compare very favorably to schools with similar student populations.
- CTE schools serve students who, on average, enter high school less likely to graduate.
The study focused on the 25 dedicated CTE high schools that had at least one graduating class by August 2012. Newer schools like P-TECH and the integrated CTE programs at generalized high schools were not included. In general, newer, smaller schools had better outcomes than older, bigger schools. Analyses of school choice decisions, demographic data, college readiness, and a school-by-school comparison provide a wealth of detail about the CTE landscape in New York City.
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NY POST, Feb 25 2014:
Tech education helping city students get ahead