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ERIC Number: EJ1133891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1874-785X
Preparing Students for College and Career in the United States: The Effects of Career-Themed Programs of Study on High School Performance
Castellano, Marisa E.; Richardson, George B.; Sundell, Kirsten; Stone, James R., III
Vocations and Learning, v10 n1 p47-70 Apr 2017
In the United States, education policy calls for every student to graduate from high school prepared for college and a career. National legislation has mandated programs of study (POS), which offer aligned course sequences spanning secondary and postsecondary education, blending standards-based academic and career and technical education (CTE) content and often including work-based learning opportunities. This study examined the effects of these career-themed POS on high school achievement outcomes in the United States. We used structural equations and an instrumental variable approach to test the effects of POS enrollment and participation in CTE course sequences on GPA and graduation. Results indicated that POS enrollment improved students' probability of graduation by 11.3% and that each additional CTE credit earned in POS increased their probability of graduation by 4%. There were non-significant effects for high school GPA. These findings suggest that POS benefited students in terms of retention at no cost to their achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: VO51A070003