Low Dropout Rates for Massachusetts CTE
January 29, 2013
A new paper examines the low dropout rates in
Massachusetts vocational technical schools and uses case studies to illustrate
effective strategies for encouraging student attendance, engagement and completion.
According to Hands-On Achievement: Why Massachusetts Vocational Technical Schools Have Low
Dropout Rates, the dropout rate
for comprehensive high schools in Massachusetts was 2.8 percent in 2011,
compared to a dropout rate of 1.6 percent for vocational technical schools on
average and 0.9 percent for regional vocational technical schools.
Part of the success of Massachusetts
vocational technical schools in stemming dropout is attributed to the time
spent in CTE classes: about one-half of students’ time is dedicated to hands-on
learning in a career major, with the other half set aside for rigorous academics.
In addition, author Alison L. Fraser, with William Donovan, profiles several
Massachusetts vocational technical schools with low dropout rates and their
strategies for success, including a focus on attendance as well as business
partnerships and curricula relevant to local industry.
The paper notes that vocational technical
schools in urban areas had a higher than average dropout rate of 4.4 percent.
Sources in the report speculate that this higher dropout rate in urban centers
may be linked to an immigrant population that moves in and out of the area and
to a community culture that has yet to fully embrace the promise of CTE.
All in all, this is a great tool for
Massachusetts CTE advocates!
CTE Policy Watch Blog
Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a
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