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Graduation Rates of CTE Students to a positive sign, meaning that Black students may show a higher level of graduation than White students when economic and family background are controlled. Conclusions Although the study’s dataset was more limited than its initial vision, this study was still able to achieve its original objectives. We were able to identify the graduation rate for CTE students in Mississippi for the 2007-2008 cohort; 4-year graduation rates for students in Career Clusters and Pathways; and graduation rates disaggregated by sex, race, socioeconomic status, and family situation. The 4-year graduation rate for a cohort of 15,470 Career Pathway CTE students entering secondary public school programs in Mississippi in the 2007-2008 academic year (M=81.1%) is high compared to the national freshman graduation rate (M=74.9%) and the Mississippi graduation rate (M=73.7%). Other findings of the study point to the influence of students’ choice of CTE courses on on-time graduation, with students in the Health Science (M=92.3%) and Information Technology (M=89.7%) Career Clusters showing the top two graduation rates. This influence is very positive news coupled with the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (2013) statements that approximately 70 percent of CTE students pursue postsecondary degrees, which further promotes the anecdotal opinion that CTE courses in secondary programs promote college and career readiness in students. The CTE graduation rate of the 2007-2008 cohort also emphasizes the findings of Maxwell (2013) and Chow & Whitlock (2010) that CTE programs of study increase student engagement and reduce dropout rates. Other findings of the study from the logistic regression analysis suggest that student sex and race had a statistically significant impact on graduation rates for the cohort. However, these

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