Building bridges to life after high school: Contemporary career academies and student outcomes
Steven W. Hemelt,
Matthew A. Lenard and
Colleen G. Paeplow
Economics of Education Review, 2019, vol. 68, issue C, 161-178
Career academies serve an increasingly wide range of students. This paper examines the contemporary profile of students entering career academies in a large, diverse school district and estimates causal effects of participation in one of the district's well-regarded academies on a range of high school and college outcomes. Exploiting the lottery-based admissions process of this technology-focused academy, we find that academy enrollment increases the likelihood of high school graduation by about 8 percentage points and boosts rates of college enrollment for males but not females. Analysis of intermediate outcomes suggests that effects on attendance and industry-relevant certification at least partially mediate the overall high school graduation effect.
Keywords: Career academies; Career and technical education; High school graduation; College enrollment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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