Report: Students who take career readiness classes more likely to graduate

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TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Students earning at least six credits geared toward career readiness are more likely to graduate and earn higher ISTEP scores. That’s according to a 2015 Indiana Career Readiness Report released Tuesday.

“As superintendent, I have made it a priority to ensure that all students are afforded diverse pathways to personalize their education,” said state Superintendent Glenda Ritz in a statement.

The report also found that students with the career and technical education credits are less likely to need remediation during their college careers.

Students in Central Indiana have the lowest graduation rates in the state with 93.1 percent earning a high school diploma. While in high school, Central Indiana students earn the third lowest rate of college credits before graduation with just fewer than 30 percent.

“This gives Indiana schools another way to meet the unique educational needs of Hoosier students,” Ritz said in a statement. “The Career and Technical Education program gives Hoosier students the option to truly connect their learning with real world applications.  Today’s report shows that when students are engaged in a career or technical education program, they are succeeding.”

The report made five recommendations:

  • Build upon existing links between career and technical education and Indiana’s regional business and industry sectors.
  • Expand the focus on career exploration in middle school and Grade 9.
  • Research the dual college credit opportunities available to students in career and technical education courses.
  • Clarify what is expected of students across the K-12 continuum to be college and career ready and align these expectations with needs of the workforce.
  • Intentionally address student employability skills development such as understanding the value of showing up to work on time, working hard and communicating professionally. “Though not specifically addressed in this report, there is considerable evidence that Indiana’s business and industry leaders are seeking future employees” who adhere to the aforementioned qualities.

The data for the report was collected during the 2014 school year. More than twice as many students earned at least one industry-recognized credit last year. The report was created by Fleck Education and was paid for using funding from the Carl D. Perkins Act.

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