ERIC Number: ED435081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Students Who Prepare for College and a Vocation. Issue Brief.
Hudson, Lisa; Hurst, David
High schools have traditionally focused on preparing students for entry-level jobs or for postsecondary education. Recently, federal legislation (e.g., 1990 and 1998 Perkins Acts) has encouraged a more integrated approach for all students, one that maintains college entry as a viable option while also providing a stronger foundation in work skills and applications. The percentage of high school graduates who complete both a vocational concentration and a college preparatory curriculum is small, but it increased markedly between 1982 and 1994. This issue brief focuses on students who complete both a vocational and college preparatory curriculum, examining their vocational course taking, academic achievement in high school, and postsecondary participation. High school graduates with concentrations on vocational areas that use computers most extensively, such as business and technology/communications, generally were most likely to complete a college preparatory curriculum. The academic achievement gains and postsecondary participation rates of high school graduates who completed both a vocational concentration and a college preparatory curriculum were similar to those who completed a college preparatory curriculum only, and generally higher than students who completed a vocational concentration only. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure, and 2 references.) (GCP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Choice, College Preparation, Course Selection (Students), Curriculum, Educational Opportunities, Employment Opportunities, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Vocational Aptitude, Vocational Education, Vocational Evaluation
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990