American Enterprise Institute
The Evolution of Career and Technical Education: 1982 – 2013
In this report, the author examines 30 years of CTE course taking by examining transcripts of nationally representative samples of US high school graduates in selected years from 1982 to 2013. Using a classification of CTE occupational subject areas used in the most recently available transcript data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the author shows how CTE course taking has changed over that period, overall and by concentration. In addition, test scores show changes in the relative academic level of CTE concentrators.