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Lim, Owen, Nordin Along with sex and race, a student’s family socioeconomic status, commonly measured by free or reduced price lunch eligibility and parental education, has been shown to affect graduation rates (Pascopella, 2007; Yates, 2008), and lower family income has been linked to higher CTE participation (Palmer & Gaunt, 2007). Pascopella (2007) surmised that poor students’ conflicting views about how higher education pursuits stand to impact their families’ social dynamics may impact their motivation to graduate from high school and pursue secondary education: “In poverty, people are mainly driven by survival and relationships, and maintaining relationships can interfere with achievement. For example, attending college can mean giving up time with friends and family members, and this can elicit the fear of losing others” (p. 38). Research also indicates that students’ social living arrangements (whether they live with one or more parents, step-parents, or other adults) contribute to their likelihood of enrolling in CTE courses, with secondary CTE students less likely to live with both parents or either parent (Palmer & Gaunt, 2007) than traditional academic students. Additionally, district considerations, such as rurality, may play a role, as Kester (2008) indicated that CTE students from urban areas slightly outperform those from more rural areas. It makes sense that CTE students and their families do not exist in a vacuum—their prosperity is often directly tied to that of their communities. Methodology For this study, we focused on students in the 2007-2008 cohort that attended public secondary school districts in the state of Mississippi. The MDE supplied our group, housed at the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) at Mississippi State University, with one of the datasets for this study. The dataset contained student-level information consisting of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and coursework characteristics of the individual students. The other

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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