The P-TECH model is an approach to career and technical education that begins in high school and includes pathways to college and careers, employer and college partnerships, work-based learning, and opportunities to earn a high school diploma and an Associate in Applied Science or an associate's degree. Since the first school opened in New York City in 2011, the number of P-TECH schools has grown considerably, reaching more than 110 schools across the United States and abroad. Despite the momentum driving the expansion of P-TECH, there has yet to be a rigorous impact evaluation to examine the effects of the P-TECH model on student outcomes.
In this project, researchers are using an experimental design to assess the implementation, impact, and cost of the first seven P-TECH Grades 9–14 schools to open in New York City (NYC). The research team is using the NYC-wide lottery-based high school choice process to identify two sets of comparable students: those who randomly won the opportunity to attend one of the seven NYC P-TECH schools, and those who were randomly placed elsewhere. This experimental analysis will be complemented by an in-depth multiyear examination of program implementation in the NYC P-TECH 9–14 schools. As part of this implementation study, researchers will collect survey, interview, and focus group data from multiple participants, including faculty and staff, students, and postsecondary and employer partners. The evaluation will also include a descriptive cost study.
The evaluation will provide evidence about the rapidly expanding P-TECH Grades 9–14 model.
Study period: 5 years (07/01/2017–06/30/2022)
This project is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A170250 to MDRC.