MDRC in the News

In Urban Districts, a New Embrace of Career and Technical Programs

The Washington Post

08/2022

…..Across the country, school district officials are increasingly banking on revamped CTE programs to set more teens on a clear path to post-high school employment — and prepare them for advanced training and college. New York Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks have held up CTE as key to reengaging students. Los Angeles announced this month new high school CTE pathways and middle school career labs…..

…..On the cusp of the pandemic, the passage of the federal Perkins V law increased CTE funding and ramped up requirements for school districts, said Rachel Rosen, co-director of the Center for Effective CTE at New York-based nonprofit MDRC. A growing body of research has shown some CTE models pay off for low-income students and boys of color, giving momentum to a push to help these teens gain entry into the middle class without a stint on a four-year college campus…..

…..Inspired by studies showing promising gains in high school graduation and earning potential in New York City, Dallas has bet big on the P-TECH high school model: In these schools, students cultivate both academic and workplace skills with the goal of graduating with industry-recognized associate degrees…..

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