Last Year, 53% of Students Said CTE Boosted GPA. What About This Year?
In a national survey of high school students last year, the Manufacturing Institute, SkillsUSA, and the Educational Research Center of America found that 47 percent of career and technical education (CTE) students believe their program makes career paths clearer. And more than half – 53 percent – said that CTE programs improved their overall grade point averages.
Surveys like the annual CTE study demonstrate the importance of highlighting the student voice in the process. By better understanding what today’s students think about their own academic and career paths, our high schools, colleges and universities, and employers are able to better understand the interests, passions, and possibilities of those they will soon serve.
The 2015 survey provided a great deal of valuable information for educators, guidance counselors, and parents on CTE and today’s youth. This year’s survey will likely provide even more understanding.
To ensure the strongest data possible, CTE educators and school administrators need to request this year’s survey. Taking just a few minutes of your students’ time can prove to be enormously helpful in ensuring today’s students have clear, strong pathways to careers in the future.
The 2016 CTE survey can be requested here.