From Gateway to Project Lead the Way: Tracking Middle School Engineering Participants into High School
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) administers a national engineering program in middle schools, called Gateway, and in high schools, called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). In this summary, the PLTW courses taken during high school were examined for two cohorts of students who participated in the Gateway program at some point in their middle school years (eighth graders in 2011–2012 and 2012–2013). Overall, more than half of Gateway 8th grade students in 2011–2012 (57%) and 2012–2013 (56%) attended a PLTW high school. Of…
2015 High School Exit Survey: Comparison of Responses of Career and Technical Education Concentrators with Those of Their Peers
Many survey responses of CTE and non-CTE seniors were very similar, including their plans to enroll in postsecondary education. Some differences in responses may be explained by differences in economic status.
This report summarizes the 1998-1999 program evaluation results of AISD's School-to-Career program, which is a system of integrated school-based and work-based learning that integrates academic and occupational learning.
The cost-effectiveness of the CTE program continued to improve in 2012-2013. The percentage of college-ready CTE seniors increased over the previous year, and expenditures declined. Seniors’ college readiness rates did not differ by CTE status.
Seniors in 2011 who concentrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) were as college ready as non-CTE seniors. However, significant differences were found in the college readiness of CTE and non-CTE seniors based on ethnicity and income.
Compared to 2010–2011, the cost-effectiveness of the CTE program improved in 2011-2012. Also, CTE may be more successful than the regular curriculum at achieving the effect of college readiness among Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.
The CTE program was more cost-effective in 2013–2014 than it was in 2012–2013, despite a lower college readiness rate and an increase in the per student cost from the previous year. This was CTE’s third year of improvement in cost-effectiveness.
This report compares characteristics of students who had taken career and technical education (CTE) courses or a sequence of such courses, to those of students who had not. The role of CTE in postsecondary employment and enrollment is also examined.
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.
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student Survey, administered in Spring 2017, was designed to gather students’ feedback about their experiences taking the advanced CTE courses offered in their specific career pathway. Students who participated in the Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) CTE Student Survey highly rated the courses they had taken in their career pathway and the opportunities to gain hands-on experiences ready for their life, college, and career.