More evidence that programs of study improve student outcomes
First mandated under Perkins IV, programs of study (sometimes also referred to as career pathways) offer aligned course sequences spanning secondary and postsecondary education and blend standards-based academics and CTE content with experiential learning and opportunities to earn dual credit.
In a recently published manuscript in the journal of Vocations and Learning, NRCCTE researchers examined the effects of career pathway programs of study on high school achievement outcomes and found that participation in a career pathway program of study improved students’ probability of graduation by more than 11 percent. Further, each additional CTE credit earned in a career pathway program of study increased students’ probability of graduation by 4 percent.
High-quality career pathway programs of study may promote student persistence and enhance college and career readiness because engaging, contextualized learning helps students make the connection between what they learn in their core academic classes and their educational and career goals.