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REL 2021050 Examining high school career and technical education programs and the postsecondary outcomes of career and technical education students in the Round Rock Independent School District
This study investigated the percentage of Round Rock Independent School District (ISD) graduates from 2012/13 through 2017/18 who completed one or more career and technical education (CTE) programs of study and attained outcomes after high school graduation including college enrollment, degree or certificate attainment, and employment. The study also examined the alignment of CTE programs of study in Round Rock ISD and 41 other Central Texas districts with high-wage, in-demand career pathways in Central Texas, and the percentages of graduates who completed programs of study aligned with those high-wage, in-demand career pathways. The study used longitudinal student-level administrative high school, postsecondary education, and employment data, as well as Texas labor market information. The percentage of Round Rock ISD students who graduated with one or more CTE programs of study increased substantially across the six graduating cohorts to 47 percent for the 2017/18 cohort. More than 80 percent of Round Rock ISD CTE graduates from each cohort enrolled in two- or four-year colleges or were employed within one year of high school graduation. Seventy-six percent of 2015/16 through 2017/18 Round Rock ISD CTE graduates completed course requirements in the 13 programs of study aligned with regional high-wage, in-demand career pathways in the Central Texas labor market. Round Rock ISD leaders could use findings to encourage participation in CTE by all student groups. They also could use the results regarding CTE programs of study completed by graduates and the alignment of those programs to high-wage, in-demand career pathways in Central Texas to refine the CTE programs of study offered. To encourage postsecondary enrollment and completion, Round Rock ISD leaders could demonstrate for students and families which colleges and universities in the region have credentials in high-wage, in-demand programs of study. Finally, findings from the study provide information to inform Round Rock ISD leaders as they consider opening a CTE high school. Expanding CTE through an additional high school may expand opportunities for students to enroll in postsecondary education and engage in occupations related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
10/13/2020
REL 2020020 Implementation of Career- and College‑Ready Requirements for High School Graduation in Washington
The Washington State Board of Education recently developed career- and college-ready (CCR) graduation credit requirements that are more aligned with career pathways and with admissions standards at the state’s universities. The requirements took effect for the class graduating in 2019, though some districts implemented them earlier and others received waivers to delay implementation until the class of 2021. Local and state education leaders in Washington state asked Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest to conduct a study of districts’ progress toward implementing the CCR graduation credit requirements from 2018 to 2019. The study looked at student groups from the class of 2018 that did and did not meet the CCR graduation credit requirements and also examined changes in student outcomes when districts increased fine arts, science, world languages, or total graduation credit requirements in any year between 2012/13 and 2017/18. The study found that the percentage of districts implementing all CCR graduation credit requirements increased from 9 percent in 2018 to 56 percent in 2019. The districts that adopted the new requirements by 2018 tended to have fewer students per teacher in required content areas than districts that did not meet all the requirements. About 27 percent of all 2018 graduates met the CCR graduation credit requirements, with gaps that suggest additional barriers exist for students of color, students eligible for the national school lunch program, current English learner students, and students who have low scores on grade 8 state assessments. Finally, past district-level increases in fine arts, science, world languages, and total graduation credit requirements showed little impact on student academic outcomes.
7/20/2020
NCES 2020055 Students in Subbaccalaureate Health Sciences Programs: 2015–2016
This Data Point examines the enrollment and demographic characteristics of students enrolled in subbaccalaureate (certificate and associate’s degree) health sciences programs. The report uses data from the 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16).
6/4/2020
REL 2020019 Assessing the Alignment between West Virginia’s High School Career and Technical Education Programs and the Labor Market
To help students leave high school on a path toward success in the labor market, education policymakers and practitioners often focus on improving career and technical education (CTE) opportunities in high school. Understanding the alignment between high school CTE programs and the labor market is an important step in this process. To support CTE improvement efforts, this study quantitatively assessed the alignment between West Virginia’s high school CTE programs and the labor market, with a focus on alignment to regional high-demand occupations that require moderate occupational preparation. These “high-demand study occupations” are the 20 occupations in each region of West Virginia with the largest number of long-term projected employment openings from 2014 to 2024 that require more than a high school diploma (for example, a license or work-related experience) but less than a bachelor’s degree. The study found that 70 percent of West Virginia’s long-term projected employment openings typically require some occupational preparation beyond a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Further, 93 percent of the regional long-term projected employment openings in high-demand study occupations were served by at least one aligned CTE program in the same region. However, students in only 53 percent of the state’s CTE programs were in a program that aligned to at least one high-demand study occupation within their region. West Virginia stakeholders can use the findings to improve their CTE system’s alignment and better prepare students for a postsecondary career. This study also serves as an example for policymakers and practitioners in other states who are interested in quantifying their CTE system’s alignment in order to make data-informed decisions.
5/11/2020
NCES 2020019 Postsecondary Occupational Education Among Students Who Took Career and Technical Education in High School
This Data Point examines the postsecondary enrollment rates of students who took career and technical education (CTE) in high school and their pursuit of further study in related CTE fields.
4/28/2020
NCES 2020060 Labor Market Outcomes for High School Career and Technical Education Participants: 2016
This Data Point examines how the early labor market outcomes of public high school graduates vary by the number of career and technical education credits earned during high school.
4/7/2020
NCES 2019099 Career and Technical Education Coursetaking in 2013, by Locale
This Data Point examines coursetaking in career and technical education among public school graduates from city, suburban, town, and rural high schools.
9/10/2019
NCES 2019046 Development of the 2018 Secondary School Course Taxonomy
This report describes the development of the Secondary School Course Taxonomy (SSCT), to be used with high school transcript coursetaking data that have been coded using the School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED). The SSCT aggregates the SCED-coded courses into 20 subject fields that align with how NCES has traditionally reported on career and technical education.
7/23/2019
NCES 2018029 Public-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 108): Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts
This file contains data from a Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey titled "Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts." This survey provides nationally representative data on career and technical education (CTE) programs. NCES released the results of this survey in the First Look report "Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts: 2016–17" (NCES 2018-028).

Questionnaires and cover letters were mailed to the superintendent of each sampled district in January 2017. The letter stated the purpose of the study and requested that the questionnaire be completed by the person in the district most knowledgeable about career and technical education (CTE) programs for high school students. Respondents were asked to respond for the current 2016–17 school year and the summer of 2016. Respondents were offered options of completing the survey on paper or online. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated in February 2017 and completed in June 2017. The weighted response rate was 86 percent.

The survey defines a CTE program as a sequence of courses at the high school level that provides students with the academic and technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. For this survey, districts were instructed to include all CTE programs that the district offers to high school students, including programs provided by the district or by other entities (such as an area/regional CTE center, a consortium of districts, or a community or technical college). The survey data provides information about the entities that provide the CTE programs and the locations at which the CTE programs are offered to high school students. It also presents data about work-based learning activities and employer involvement in CTE programs, as well as barriers to the district offering CTE programs and barriers to student participation in CTE programs. Data are also presented about the extent to which various factors influence the district’s decisions on whether to add or phase out CTE programs.
8/8/2018
NCES 2018010 Trends in Subbaccalaureate Occupational Awards: 2003 to 2015
This report uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to examine trends occupational education at the subbaccalaureate level.
6/19/2018
NCES 2018028 Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts: 2016–17
This report is based on the 2016–17 survey Career and Technical Education Programs in Public School Districts and provides nationally representative data on career and technical education (CTE) programs. The survey defines a CTE program as a sequence of courses at the high school level that provides students with the academic and technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions.
4/17/2018
NCES 2018057 Degree and Nondegree Credentials Held by Labor Force Participants
This 2-page Data Point examines the extent to which adults who do not have postsecondary degrees have other nondegree credentials, including postsecondary certificates and occupational certifications and licenses.
3/27/2018
NCES 2018100 National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 Data File User's Manual
The 2016 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES:2016) Data File User’s Manual provides documentation and guidance for users of the NHES:2016 data files, which include data from the Early Childhood Program Participation survey, the Parent and Family Involvement in Education survey, and the Adult Training and Education Survey. The survey program collected information about early childhood care, parental involvement in education, school choice, homeschooling, certifications and non-degree credentials, and adult training. Data files are being released for each of the three surveys and are being released with ASCII, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R formats available.
2/9/2018
NCES 2018104 National Household Education Survey Programs of 2016 Public-Use Data Files
Three surveys were fielded in 2016 as part of the National Household Education Surveys Program: the Early Childhood Program Participation survey (ECPP), the Parent and Family Involvement in Education survey (PFI), and the Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES). Data files and documentation can be downloaded directly from the website. Data files are being released for each of the three surveys and are being released with ASCII, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R formats available.
2/9/2018
NCES 2018105 National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 Restricted-Use Data Files
The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES): 2016 restricted-use files include the Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP) file, the Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) file, and the Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) file. Data files are being released for each of the three surveys and are being released with ASCII, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R formats available.
2/9/2018
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