Despite an overall decline in CTE credits, coursetaking in areas such as communications and health care have increased (see figure)
Students' Expectations and Plans
Most students expect their primary activity for the year after high school to be postsecondary education (see figure).
A higher proportion of female than male students expect their main activity to be postsecondary education, whereas a higher proportion of males than females expect their main activity to be work (see figure).
Students' expectation for postsecondary education increases as family SES increases, and their expectation for working decreases as SES increases (see figure).
The counselors of most public high school students report that their school requires a graduation, career, or education plan (see figure).
Although 44 percent of public high school students are asked to develop a plan, fewer students submit their plan to their school or review the plan with school staff at least annually (see figure).
Education and Work After High School
Postsecondary enrollment rates were higher for the high school class of 2004 than for the class of 1992 (see figure)
But postsecondary attainment rates were lower in the more recent cohort than in the earlier cohort. (see figure)