The mission of the School District of Philadelphia’s (SDP) Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is to deliver high quality CTE programs that teach students the appropriate academic and technical skills to be prepared for the high-skill, high-wage, and high-priority occupations of a competitive 21st century global economy. Through its CTE office, SDP offers 111 programs in 37 occupational areas. The School District of Philadelphia’s state-approved CTE programs are typically three-year programs of study that provide 1,080 hours of instruction and afford students the opportunity to earn recognized industry certifications. Programs typically begin in grade 10 and continue through grade 12, with an end-of-program assessment (NOCTI) that is administered in grade 12.
The 2014 evaluation report examines the District’s 2010-11 first-time 9th-grade cohort and compares high school progression and four-year graduation outcomes for CTE and non-CTE students. The findings from this mid-year report suggest that investments in CTE programs in Philadelphia are on track to contribute to higher graduation rates and improved academic performance.
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