Student Achievement Data Shows CTE Works…

The following information details the findings of the 2012 Career and Technical Education Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) and Department of Public Instruction’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report.

The information provided below compares CTE concentrators (a student who has earned two or more credits in a CTE program area) who met proficiency on the 11th state assessment in Math and Reading versus all North Dakota students who met proficiency.  This assessment is used to help determine a school’s AYP score.

As you can see by the graphs, the percentage increase for the CTE students is impressive and statistically significant (+10.9% in Reading and +6.4% in Math).  Comparing graduation percentages shows a +8.5% increase for graduation rates of CTE concentrators.  The results  are also remarkable when comparing specific student groups such as ethnicity, economically disadvantaged, and individuals with disabilities.

In summary, CTE concentrators within North Dakota performed significantly higher on the state assessment in Reading and Math, and are more likely to graduate than other students.  February is National Career and Technical Education Month, and this year’s theme is “CTE Works!”  Examining these statewide results, it is evident our CTE classrooms are doing just that and are playing a vital role in preparing our students to be college and career ready.

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