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Title:  Career and Technical Education in the United States: 1990–2005
Description: This report is the fourth in a series of volumes published periodically by NCES to describe the condition of vocational education (now called “career and technical education” or CTE) in the United States. Based on data from 11 NCES surveys, the report describes CTE providers, offerings, participants, faculty, and associated outcomes, focusing on secondary, postsecondary, and adult education. Findings indicate that against a backdrop of increasing academic coursetaking in high school, no measurable changes were detected between 1990 and 2005 in the number of CTE credits earned by public high school graduates. At the postsecondary level, the number of credential-seeking undergraduates majoring in career fields increased by about one-half million students, although they made up a smaller portion of undergraduates in 2004 compared with 1990. At both the secondary and postsecondary education levels, student participation increased in health care and computer science and decreased in business between 1990 and the mid-2000s.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: July 2008
Web Release: July 22, 2008
Print Release: July 22, 2008
Publication #: NCES 2008035
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Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Karen Levesque, Jennifer Laird, Elisabeth Hensley, Susan P. Choy, Emily Forest Cataldi and Lisa Hudson
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: Career/Technical Education Statistics (CTES)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Statistical Analysis Report, please contact:
Lisa Hudson.
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