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Data Driven: CTE Concentrators Graduate at Higher Rates


October 25, 2012

By: Catherine


The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.i 

Welcome to our new blog series, Data Driven, which focuses on how you can use CTE data and research to make legislators, industry leaders and the public sit up and take notice! The numbers I will share in this blog series are advocacy tools you can use.

Today’s data point focuses on a key measure of educational attainment: high school graduation rate. These numbers explain that secondary CTE concentrators, or students who have earned 2-3 or more credits in a single CTE program of study (depending on state regulations), graduate at higher rates than the U.S. average. This can be a surprising statistic to present to those unacquainted with CTE, who may associate it with lower attainment rates.

You can share these statistics when you are meeting with policymakers, businesses or parents, and use when talking to the media. Follow up this national-level data with local and state-specific information, if you can.

We will 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 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Consolidated Annual Report for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Program Year 2007-2008, unpublished data [National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium analysis]; U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Public School Graduates and Dropouts From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007-2008, 2010. 

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