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Data Driven: CTE-Academic Integration Is Key to Success


August 15, 2013

Data Driven: CTE-Academic Integration Is Key to Success


80 percent of students taking a college preparatory academic curriculum with rigorous CTE met college and career readiness goals, compared to only 63 percent of students taking the same academic core who did not experience rigorous CTE.[i]

This summer, we're reviving our "Data Driven" blog series on how you can use CTE data and research to make legislators, industry leaders and the public sit up and take notice! The numbers in this blog series are advocacy tools you can use.

The data point above illustrates how high school students who take an integrated CTE and academic curriculum are more likely to meet college and career readiness goals than those taking an academic curriculum alone. It's one of many data points that illustrates the role CTE plays in preparing students with not just the technical and employability skills, but also the academic skills, needed for success.  

When sharing this statistic with policymakers or the media, follow it up with data on your students' achievement in both the academic core and CTE, as well as stories of students who have succeeded through an integrated, aligned and rigorous curriculum.

We'll share more examples of data you can use throughout this blog series. In addition, CTE data and research is available at any time with ACTE Fact Sheets.

[i] Southern Regional Education Board, High Schools That Work 2012 Assessment.

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