Magazine article Techniques

"The Case for Increasing Vo-Tech"

Magazine article Techniques

"The Case for Increasing Vo-Tech"

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--The Sun (Las Vegas, NV) March 21, 2007

Fourth-graders' test scores in Nevada scored at or above national average in reading, language, math and science on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. But seventh-graders' scores dropped below national average and fell further in 10th grade.

Assembly Minority Leader Garn Mabey (R-Las Vegas) indicated this as proof that state's middle and high school students need more help. Given the effectiveness of the state's career and technical education programs, Mabey believes additional money should be directed to these programs and wonders why the 17 superintendents haven't asked for more money for CTE classes.

MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social research policy organization, evaluated the effectiveness of career academies, which offer students rigorous academic classes and training in smaller school settings. These classes range from traditional programs in construction-related trades to preparation programs for careers in business and health fields. The study focused on nine career academies in medium- and largesized districts nationwide, and they compared them to students' achievements with their peers at regular high schools.

The men in career academies earned 18 percent more money than their peers at the regular high school after four years, and there wasn't a significant change among women, which the study concluded was perhaps because there was a greater likelihood that women are attending school or taking care of children after graduation. …

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