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May 16, 2019

A descriptive portrait of career and technical education students in Texas.

Originally published by American Enterprise Institute

Vocational education was once synonymous with tracking—the systematic funneling of low-income, underrepresented minority, limited English proficient, and low-achieving students into techni­cal pathways with limited educational and economic benefit. But more recent research has found that stu­dents who concentrate in career and technical educa­tion (CTE) may actually be more likely to go to college than otherwise equivalent students who do not. Have CTE programs become more rigorous, or has the pop­ulation of students who concentrate in CTE evolved? Who is the modern CTE student?

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