Career education in Nebraska is having measurable positive impact on student success

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An analysis of data from Nebraska schools reveals the profound impact that Career Technical Education (CTE) courses are having in terms of student achievement and performance. Some of the more significant findings include the following:

CTE concentrators are 24% more likely to take honors courses.

Statewide, 25% of Nebraska high school seniors take advanced placement or honor courses.

But when we look at CTE concentrators in Nebraska (those taking at least three Career Technical Education courses in their academic career within a particular Career Education program of study), that number jumps to 31%!

That's a 24% increase over the average!

CTE concentrators are 21% more likely to complete graduation requirements.

Statewide, 82% of Nebraska high school seniors complete an approved program of study and meet requirements for a high school diploma.

But when we look at CTE concentrators in Nebraska (those taking at least three Career Technical Education courses in their academic career within a particular Career Education program of study), that number jumps to 99%!

That's a 21% increase over the average!

CTE students in Nebraska are 7.5 times less likely to drop out of high school.

On average, 1.4% of Nebraska students in grades 7-12 drop out of high school. But Nebraska Career Education is helping to significantly lower that percentage.

The dropout rate among students who take one or more Career Technical Education (CTE) courses is just 0.4%. Compare that to the 3.0% dropout rate among non-CTE participants.

In other words, students who participate in CTE courses are 7.5 times more likely to stay in school!