Career and Technical Education Program Evaluation Series Issue 1: College Readiness and Cost Effectiveness
This issue compares the college and career readiness of 2009–2010 AISD seniors who concentrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) with that of non-CTE seniors. College readiness is then used to measure the cost effectiveness of the CTE program.
Overall postsecondary enrollment of AISD graduates increased slowly over time until 2010. The drop in enrollment this year follows a national trend. Enrollment at 4-year colleges fell more than did enrollment at 2-year colleges.
Overall postsecondary enrollment has slowly increased over time. Enrollment in 4-year institutions has remained constant since 2007. The recent increase in overall postsecondary enrollment was driven by enrollment in 2-year institutions.
AISD graduates completed a follow-up survey about their high school college and/or career preparation one year after graduation. This report focuses on students’ perceptions of their postsecondary preparedness and ways it could be improved.
Patterns of course credit attainment for 2009-2010 AISD high school students are discussed. Among those most likely not to be on track to graduate in 4 years were English language learners and students in special education.
The High School Exit Survey was administered online to seniors in every AISD high school during Spring 2010. In total, 3,574 seniors in the Class of 2010 completed the survey, for a response rate of 87.9 percent.
This report assesses whether significant differences existed in the postsecondary enrollment or employment of 2010 AISD graduates, based on their participation in Career and Technical Education and their industry certification status.