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Lim, Owen, Nordin choice of whether to participate in CTE courses encourage graduation, but also their choice of which specific CTE Career Cluster or Career Pathway to pursue may play a significant role in boosting graduation rates. Student Demographics on Secondary Graduation Rates: Can CTE Mitigate the Impacts? Much is currently known about the link between student demographics and secondary graduation rates, though less research is available about CTE’s potential to mitigate such effects. This study examined the effects of sex, race, socioeconomic status, and family situation on the graduation rate of CTE versus academic students within the 2007-2008 cohort. Each of these factors has been shown to impact secondary graduation rates, and because individual family socioeconomics often reflect the larger socioeconomic trends at play in their communities, we chose to broaden the scope of our research to examine family socioeconomic status in a districtwide context. Females in every state have lower secondary public school dropout rates than males, with a national average of 2.9% compared to 3.8% (Stillwell & Sable, 2013). Shadden (2011) found that females tended to outperform males among CTE completers in Tennessee. In a CTE context, however, most research examines discrepancies among the sexes related to non-traditional Pathways, especially the highest-paying CTE Pathways in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Females are far less likely to enroll and become completers in STEM Pathways, and they are overrepresented in Pathways such as cosmetology and childcare—a trend which has changed little in the past three decades (Toglia, 2013). Female students do comprise 86% of enrollment among the healthcare Pathways, which offer high-paying positions, but

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Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students  

Published in Proceedings of 2013 CREATE Conference Authors: Young Bin Lim Sean Owen Alexis Nordin

Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students  

Published in Proceedings of 2013 CREATE Conference Authors: Young Bin Lim Sean Owen Alexis Nordin