ERIC Number: ED262256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Curriculum on Labor Market Success Immediately after High School. Education & Employment. Research for the Practitioner. Research Brief No. 6.
A recent study showed that high school students who are not planning to attend college full time should combine vocational and academic course work to maximize their success in the labor market. In a study of non-college bound youth (based on the High School and Beyond Survey data) that examined the impact of high school curriculum, grades, and performance on standardized tests on labor market success, the following results were found: (1) taking additional vocational courses is associated with only a small reduction in the number of academic courses taken; (2) taking additional vocational courses is strongly associated with success in the labor market immediately after high school; (3) taking additional academic courses is not associated with higher earnings immediately after high school; (4) taking a combination of 16 or more academic and vocational courses during the last three years of school enabled students to have greater labor market success than taking fewer than 10 such courses; and (5) good grade point averages and standardized test scores generally had mixed effects on labor market outcomes. The study concluded that school administrators should stress that for the 30-40 percent of high school graduates who do not attend college full time, the choice of high school curriculum is one of the most important decisions they will make affecting their success in the labor market following graduation. Counselors can help students select the proper balance between academic and vocational subjects to ensure labor market success, and vocational teachers can help students secure jobs. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For final report, see ED 259 118.