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Secondary Career Coursework Drops

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On November 19, 2013 (EST)

Secondary Career Coursetaking Declines

The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a 2-page brief showing a roughly half-year drop in the amount of career/technical education (CTE) taken by public high school graduates between 1990 and 2009. All of the decline from 4.2 to 3.6 credits (one credit equals a full year’s coursework) occurred since 2000. This drop is in marked contrast to the significant increase in academic coursetaking over the same period.

Although occupational coursework dipped slightly, most of the drop was in non-occupational areas. Typing classes have all but disappeared, falling from .5 to .1 credits, and family and consumer education dropped from .5 to .3 credits. Only career preparation courses rose, from .4 to .6 credits over this nearly two-decade span.

The slight fall in occupation-specific coursetaking was primarily driven by a halving of business courses (.8 to .4 credits). Computer/information science classes remained unchanged at .2 credits, but communications and design courses doubled from .2 to .4 credits. Health science courses rose from almost zero to .2 credits by 2000, but have since remained at that level.

For the 2-page summary, see Trends in CTE Coursetaking, while the detailed data are available at CTE Statistics Table H125.

It should be noted that — for unknown reasons — reported transcript results differ between this source and both other published sources and from the NCES’ NAEP Data Explorer for the High School Transcript Study. For a review of coursetaking patterns that extends back to 1982 and includes interim years not covered by this new CTE report, see ETA’s High School Coursework Over 3 Decades.

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