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Data Driven: Most CTE Students Pursue Postsecondary


November 25, 2013


Data Driven: Most CTE Students Pursue Postsecondary


More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursue postsecondary education shortly after high school.i

This month's entry in our Data Driven blog series focuses on the high percentage of CTE concentrators who pursue postsecondary education right after high school.

Results from a longitudinal survey that tracked U.S. students' secondary-to-postsecondary transitions in the early 2000s demonstrate that the majority of students who concentrated in CTE in high school (in most cases, concentrating means earning at least 3 credits in a single CTE Program of Study) moved on to postsecondary education shortly after high school. This illustrates that CTE is not a pathway into the workforce only, but prepares students for both college and career. 

This data point can be particularly useful when communicating with a policymaker or industry leader who has outdated notions about CTE discouraging students from pursuing higher education. Follow up with data on CTE student persistence in college (available on our CTE Today Fact Sheet) and highlight relevant stories of student success.

These data points and other research supporting CTE are available with ACTE Fact Sheets

[i] U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Postsecondary and Labor Force Transitions Among Public High School Career and Technical Education Participants, 2011.


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