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ERIC Number: EJ889529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1554-7558
The Relationship of High School Curriculum Tracks to Degree Attainment and Occupational Earnings
Fletcher, Edward C., Jr.; Zirkle, Chris
Career and Technical Education Research, v34 n2 p81-102 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between high school curriculum tracks and student achievement outcomes through the consideration of degree attainment and occupational earnings. Data pertaining to graduates were analyzed through the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 1997 dataset. This study investigated the linkage between participation in high school curriculum tracks, degree attainment, and occupational earnings. Findings of this research study indicated that the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1990 may not be meeting its objectives in terms of CTE students earning postsecondary degrees. However, this study found that CTE students were outperforming the general, dual, and college preparatory tracks in terms of occupational earnings. In addition, the dual track was more likely to earn associates' degrees than their general track counterparts. The college preparatory track outperformed all tracks in terms of degree attainment, particularly in earning bachelors' degrees.
Association for Career and Technical Education Research. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Resource Education, 1310 South Sixth Street, 351 Education Building, Champaign, IL 61820. Tel: 217-333-0807; Fax: 217-244-5632; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth