CTE Month: Data Bytes about CTE in Florida

Its appropriate in the middle of CTE Month to review current data about Career and Technical Education in Florida we stand in CTE in Florida. Much information can be found at the Federal Department of Education website, and you see many references to that site below.  Not only is individual state data available for enrollment, graduates, programs, etc., but also national data and trends over the past years. CTE is an important part of our education system that begins to prepare students for employment in all career clusters.  CTE programs blend academics with technical skills in problem- and project-based programs where students cannot only study about careers but practice the hands-on skills that various career clusters require.

CTE DELIVERY:  In the middle of CTE month, is a good time. At the secondary level, CTE programs in Florida are offered through comprehensive high schools, many of which include (1) career academies.  (Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that provides students with exposure to a career field.); (2) technical colleges/centers, which are CTE schools that serve an entire school district and provide high school students and adult learners with supplementary career training; and (3) University Developmental Research Schools.
At the postsecondary level, CTE is offered through (1) Florida’s technical colleges/centers, which prepare students for industry certification and licensure, award career certificates and articulated college credit, and support a majority of Florida’s registered apprentices; (2) state and community colleges; and (3) public and private state universities.

STUDENTS: In the school year 2015-2016, according to the U.S. Department of Education, Florida served 324,750 CTE high school students, 106,993 CTE postsecondary students, and 46,489 CTE adult students.
More data on the state’s CTE enrollment is available at http://cte.ed.gov/profiles/florida.

FUNDING: Estimated funding for Florida (and all states) FY 2017 and FY 2018 can be found at https://cte.ed.gov/grants/state-allocations. In Fiscal Year 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Education, Florida received $63,202,141 in federal Perkins funding—almost $800,000 more than in 2015 and $1 million less than in 2010. More detailed data on the state’s Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act funding allocations are available at http://cte.ed.gov/profiles/florida.

OUTCOMES: According to the U.S. Department of Education, in the 2015-2016 academic year:
·     96 % of Florida CTE high school students graduated
·     86 % met performance goals for technical skills
·     91 % met performance goals for mathematics skills
·     84 % met performance goals for reading/language arts skills
·     77 % of Florida CTE postsecondary students remained enrolled or transferred to another postsecondary institution
·     86% of Florida CTE adult students met performance goals for technical skills
MORE DATA: More information and data about the state’s performance on Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act accountability indicators can be found here (http://cte.ed.gov/profiles/florida). Florida has also produced the following data report: Data, reports and quick facts on CTE performance

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