CTE and concentration students

Career and Technical Education, or CTE, once called vocational education is evolving.  CTE incorporates technology, workforce context and relevance into the secondary (and post-secondary) setting while aiming to build a solid academic foundation that improves student achievement and graduation. 

CTE should not be dismissed as a track for students who are less academically included; CTE students earn higher scores in assessments of the traditional skills of reading and math.  There is also a correlation between those who are CTE concentrators, meaning they have earned three or more credits in a single CTE program area, and higher scores in reading and math. There is no definitive evidence as to whether it is the career and technical education, the CTE concentrators themselves, or some other factor that caused this difference.

CTE concentrations

Data Source: Regional CTE Coordinator, High Desert Education Service District. “Combined Career and Technical Education Report 2013–14.” E-mail to authors, November 12, 2014.

Oregon Department of Education. “2013–14 Report Card by School District.” http://www.ode.state.or.us/data reportcard/reports.aspx.

Reference: Oregon Department of Education. “Career and Technical Education.” Accessed February 4, 2015. http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=151.