Study: Tech classes correlate with better achievement

On average, students enrolled in CTE programs showed better attendance and grades than their peers

High school students in Florida who took at least one technology course and industry certification exam had higher attendance rates and GPAs, on average, than students with similar backgrounds who did not take such a course, a new study finds.

Just what this means is unclear, but the researchers who conducted the study surmise that students who take technology classes preparing them with real-world skills might be more engaged in school.

While the findings apply to Florida students in particular, the researchers say they could have implications for career and technical education (CTE) programs in schools nationwide.

The study, “Student Performance in Career and Technical Education,” was conducted by Grunwald Associates with support from Adobe.

“We think the findings are probably relevant nationally, given the size and makeup of the population in Florida,”’ said Peter Grunwald, president of Grunwald Associates. “We focused on Florida because of the state’s interest in CTE and the size and robustness of the CTE student data set.”

In 2007, Florida legislators passed the Career and Professional Education Act, which aimed to strengthen college and career readiness.

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