Effects of Career and Technical Education in Baltimore City Public Schools
Secondary, Postsecondary, and Labor Market Effects of Career and Technical Education in Baltimore City Public Schools
By Marc L. Stein, Jay Plasman, Rachel E. Durham, and Zyrashae Smith-Onyewu
Given the general push to promote college and career readiness, more and more researchers and policymakers have turned to career and technical education (CTE) as a potential means to promote these desired schooling outcomes.
This research, which was offered in December 2023 as part of the Research Series at the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, used a unique selection process into CTE Centers within Baltimore City Public Schools. Students who were offered enrollment in a selective admissions CTE center were compared to students who were offered enrollment in non-selective high schools. The results offer causal evidence on the benefits and mechanisms of CTE participation on secondary education, postsecondary enrollment/persistence, and labor market outcomes.
CTE Center students are more likely to remain consistently enrolled in high school across four consecutive years.
CTE Center students are more likely to be employed and be more employed over time.