This report compares employment and earnings outcomes of 2013 graduates with and without industry certifications and whether graduates with certifications worked in a related field. The supplemental technical report describes the methodology.
Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Career and Technical Education Graduates in the Class of 2013
Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduates appeared to enroll in postsecondary institutions and join the workforce at rates similar to those of other graduates.
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.
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.
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.
This report assesses whether significant differences existed in the postsecondary enrollment, employment, and earnings of 2011 graduates, based on their CTE participation, industry certification status, and eligibility for articulated college credit.
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.
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.