A Sample Study Detailing the Impact of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Chicago Public High Schools: A Comparison of Outcomes

Sokoni M. Davis, Olivet Nazarene University

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2012 for Olivet Nazarene University.


This study examined the outcomes of postsecondary opportunities in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs among the graduates of the Chicago Public Schools district. Data analyses performed showed that there was not a statistical significance (p >. 05) in postsecondary outcomes in the area of two and four year college retention rates for the independent groups of CTE and non-CTE graduates. There was a statistical significance (p < .05) in employment rates. The data provided by the Chicago Public Schools CTE department and the analysis of the data failed to indicate the causation for the results. The U.S. Department of Education supports the purpose and goals of CTE curricula as a viable option for increasing post-secondary opportunities among graduates.