The Effects of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from the Connecticut Technical High School System
Attending a stand-alone career and technical education (CTE) high school had a positive impact for boys, according to a working paper by the network research team led by Dr. Shaun Dougherty at Vanderbilt University. The paper examines the effects of gaining admission to one of 16 schools in the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) on students' education and labor force outcomes. Boys who attended a CTHSS school had better 9th grade attendance and 10th grade test scores, were more likely to graduate, and once in the workforce, had higher quarterly earnings than boys who attended traditional schools in Connecticut. A related infographic highlighting key findings is also available.