Since 1982, studies have shown statistical evidence that career and technical education (CTE) can play a role in reducing the number of high school dropouts, especially among students who are at high risk of dropping out. Case studies at several High Schools That Work sites showed improvements in retention and graduation at the same time that academic achievement and graduation requirements were increased. Strong evidence that CTE can help reduce dropout rates also comes from studies of career academies. In particular, statistical evidence seems strongest when CTE involves an emphasis on learning both academic and CTE knowledge and skills. (18 references) (AJ)
Career and Technical Education; Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990; Carnegie Unit; High Schools That Work
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ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.