The Effect of Career and Technical Education on Human Capital Accumulation: Causal Evidence from Massachusetts

Shaun M. Dougherty
  • Education Finance and Policy, March 2018, The MIT Press
  • DOI: 10.1162/edfp_a_00224

How Technical Education in High School Impacts Student Learning and School Completion

What is it about?

This study estimates the effect of attending a career-technical high school on graduation from high school, test scores, and earning an industry-recognized certificate.

Why is it important?

This provides some of the first and strongest evidence that career-technical education in high school can improve student learning outcomes and school completion.


Shaun Dougherty (Author)
University of Connecticut System

For years technical education was seen as an alternative to rigorous academic preparation. Changes in policies and programs have created environments where CTE programs may actually be enhancing of learning while also providing technical skills. Understanding how such programs impact student outcomes is critical, and this evidence shows clear benefits from CTE models in Massachusetts

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