Date Approved

6-9-2017

Embargo Period

6-9-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

DiHoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Vocational education; High school graduates--Statistics

Disciplines

Vocational Education

Abstract

Trying to move away from the stigma of its purpose, Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been changing from the beginning of its implementation into the secondary school system. In its early years, CTE was for individuals entering the workforce directly after secondary school but recent research has shown the benefits that these programs are providing for students continuing their education post-secondary. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects that CTE has on high school graduation rates. This study was specifically exploring the effect of CTE programs in New Jersey high schools by comparing strictly CTE schools' graduation rates to comprehensive high schools' graduation rates in each county. Data was pulled from Department of Education website and identifying curriculum was pulled from school websites. Chi square tests were run to identify any relationships using SPSS for Windows.

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