Career & Technical Education

Brief
February, 2013

Almost 7 million 16- to 24-year-olds are neither working nor in school. Part of our “Looking Forward” series, this policy memo argues that, while the research evidence on youth programs is mixed, there are some promising findings — and a resurgence in political interest — on which to build.

 

Report

How Career Academies Can Build College and Career Exploration Programs

January, 2013
Mary Visher, Jacklyn Willard, Stephanie Safran

MDRC and Bloom Associates developed and piloted a program to help Career Academies, a popular high school reform, build college and career exploration programs for their students. This report presents lessons learned from its implementation in 18 academies in California, Florida, and Georgia.

Issue Focus
January, 2007

MDRC’s research on Career Academies, First Things First, Project GRAD, and Talent Development suggests that the twin pillars of high school reform are structural changes to improve personalization and instructional improvement.

Report

How New York City’s New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates

June, 2010
Howard Bloom, Saskia Levy Thompson, Rebecca Unterman

Taking advantage of lottery-like features in New York City’s high school admissions process, this study provides rigorous evidence that new small public high schools are narrowing the educational attainment gap and markedly improve graduation prospects, particularly for disadvantaged students.

Report

Context, Components, and Initial Impacts on Students’ Performance and Attendance

December, 2004
Corinne Herlihy, James J. Kemple

During the first three years of implementation in six urban schools, The Talent Development Middle School model—an ongoing, whole-school reform initiative—had a positive impact on math achievement for eighth-graders but appeared to produce no systematic improvement in outcomes for seventh-graders.

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Context, Components, and Initial Impacts on Ninth-Grade Students’ Engagement and Performance

June, 2004
James J. Kemple, Corinne Herlihy

An examination of the implementation and early impacts of Talent Development, a whole-school reform initiative, found that the model produced substantial gains in ninth-grade students’ course completion and promotion rates.

Brief
January, 2012

A rigorous study that takes advantage of lottery-like features in New York City’s high school admissions process demonstrates that new small public high schools that are open to students of all academic backgrounds have substantial impacts on rates of graduation with Regents diplomas for every disadvantaged subgroup of students that was examined.

Brief

Career Academies Combine Academic Rigor and Workplace Relevance

August, 2008
Thomas J. Smith

This “snapshot,” published by the National High School Center, takes a close look at implementation of the Career Academy model in one high school in Oakland, California.

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