On Day 4 of National School Choice Week, we’re shining the spotlight on career-vocational technical education in Massachusetts, which is delivering on the promise of preparing students for both college and career success.
Along with charter public schools, no other category of schools in Massachusetts has delivered results as impressive as those at voc-techs. Over the last decade, voc-tech students’ MCAS performance has improved by 40%. Regional voc-techs enroll a higher percentage of special education students than traditional districts, while posting much lower dropout rates and much higher special education graduation rates. Voc-techs’ success has led to increased demand, with over 4,000 students on waitlists across the state.
As Pioneer research has shown, it would cost the state less than 0.5 percent of the state education budget to provide 5,000 more voc-tech placements in the Commonwealth. Even though voc-techs are schools of choice, in 52 cities and towns, families still have no access to these schools.The success of these programs, especially in the more autonomous regional voc-techs, and the clear economic benefits, make a compelling case for expansion. Pioneer has held public forums and published research, op-eds, and videos highlighting their success, which you can review below.
National School Choice Week is an annual celebration of the variety of high-quality academic options available to families across the U.S. Each day this week at Pioneer Institute, we’ll be highlighting charter public schools, the METCO program, digital learning, vocational-technical schools, and independent and parochial schools.
The Boston Globe: Madison Park school needs autonomy to succeed
The Boston Business Journal: Today’s voc-techs: Not your father’s trade school
Fall River Herald News: Mass. should explore proven approaches to dropout prevention
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune: Vocational schools are statewide success story