School Performance Reports: New Data Tracks Interest in Vo-Tech Classes

John Mooney | February 3, 2015 | Education
Nearly 20 percent of high-school students took at least one career and technical education class last year – and not just at traditional vocational schools

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New Jersey’s School Performance Reports, released last week, include a new measurement of the percentage of high-school students taking approved career and technical education classes.

The addition of that data this year is part of a law signed by Gov. Chris Christie last month to raise the profile and resources of vo-tech programs, both in traditional vocational schools but also in comprehensive high schools.

Overall, 19 percent of high-school students last year took at least one course in an approved CTE program during the school year, according to the reports.

Career and Technical Education Rates 2013-14
Career and Technical Education Rates 2013-14

The percentage of students taking career/technical education classes. Search by one or more fields.

The numbers ranged from virtually all students in CTE classes in county vo-tech schools and career academies to just a handful in some local high schools. In between, the comprehensive high schools with the most popular CTE programs were:

  • Lower Cape May Regional High School: 74 percent of students took classes
  • Lincoln High School, Jersey City: 72 percent
  • Salem High School: 70 percent
  • Elizabeth High School: 68 percent
  • Cherry Hill High School East: 67 percent
  • Editor’s note: Each day this week, NJ Spotlight will highlight one set of data from the state’s School Performance Reports.