INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – New state figures show that the growing number of Indiana students taking career and technical education courses have a higher graduation rate than other high school students, a trend that is also holding true in southwestern Indiana.
A recent state Department of Education report shows 95 percent of students concentrating on career and technical education courses called CTE graduate from high school. That compares with a 90 percent graduation rate for all graduates.
The graduation numbers come as Gov. Mike Pence and state education officials continue pushing career readiness as a major priority.
About 85 percent of graduates with CTE concentrations go on to a two-year or four-year college or postsecondary program. And those attending college have a significantly lower rate of remedial math and English courses than other high school graduates.
Now local CTE graduation rates were slightly below the state CTE average for the most part. Region 11, which includes Dubois, Perry, Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties boasted a 94.5% CTE student graduation rate. Region 8, which includes Daviess and Martin counties, was slightly lower at 94.4%.
However, Crawford County is part of Region 10, which boasted an overall CTE graduation rate of 96.3%, well above the average and the 2nd highest rate in the state.