GCS Remains Steady on Career and Technical Education Completion Rates

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For Immediate Release: Jan. 8, 2019

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GCS Remains Steady on Career and Technical Education Completion Rates
Test scores vary by race, gender

Greensboro, N.C. – The number of GCS Class of 2018 graduates who completed a career and technical education (CTE) pathway is on par with the Class of 2017 and on track to reach the Strategic Plan goal. A series of reports presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday showed that 27.6 percent of 2018 graduates were career pathway concentrators, compared to 27.9 percent in 2017. Strategic Plan Goal III<www.gcsnc.com/Page/51359> calls for that number to increase to 35 percent by 2022.

A Career Pathway Concentrator is a student who has earned four or more technical credits in a Career Cluster<docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://www.gcsnc.com//cms/lib/NC01910393/Centricity/Domain/2407/CTE-HS+Programs+by+School-Feb+2018.pdf> with at least one being a completer course from the cluster. About 60 percent of students are enrolled in a career pathway in 11th grade, but that number drops to 30 percent in 12th grade.

Among 11th grade students, 69 percent of black students are enrolled in a CTE pathway, 20 percentage points higher than white students at 49 percent. Hispanic students were enrolled at a rate of 63 percent.

The board also discussed differences in the ACT and ACT WorkKeys scores of CTE and non-CTE concentrators, and among subgroups of students.

On the traditional ACT exam, white CTE concentrators outperformed black CTE concentrators by at least 20 percentage points on the reading, English and math sections. Black CTE concentrators scored better than their non-CTE counterparts on the English section. White female CTE concentrators showed significant improvement on the math section – from 19.6 percent proficient to 34 percent proficient.

Students who are seniors in the given year and are identified as current or expected CTE concentrators take ACT WorkKeys, a career-focused exam. The percentage of students who earned a Silver WorkKeys score fell from 67 percent to 64.1 percent. Hispanic students showed a slight improvement, and Hispanic females had the largest gain in proficiency, from 59.1 percent to 70.2 percent proficient on WorkKeys.

In November, the board of education learned more about proposed plans to update and increase CTE offerings districtwide, better aligning them with current and future industry requirements. Click here<www.gcsnc.com/cms/lib/NC01910393/Centricity/Domain/234/2018%20Board%20Meetings/November%2027%202018/CTE%20Work%20Session%20PowerPoint%20Presentation.pdf> to view the presentation.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com<www.gcsnc.com>.

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