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Career academies: Long-term impacts on labor market autcomes, educational attainment, and transitions to adulthood.

Kemple, J. J. (2008). New York: MDRC.

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    1,428
     Students
    , grades
    9-12

Reviewed: September 2015

Study sample characteristics were not reported.
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: February 2014

Attainment outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Currently enrolled in any postsecondary program

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.2

0.19

No

--
More Outcomes

Currently working toward Associate's degree

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.06

0.05

No

--

Associate's degree

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.12

0.12

No

--

Currently working toward Bachelor's or graduate degree

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.08

0.08

No

--

Skills training certificate or license

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.22

0.21

No

--

Completed any postsecondary credential

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.5

0.5

No

--

Months enrolled in postsecondary education in years 1-4

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

4 years post expected graduation

Full sample;
1,428 students

21

21.2

No

--

Months enrolled in postsecondary education in years 5-8

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

10.7

11

No

--

Currently working toward highest postsecondary credential

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.15

0.15

No

--

Bachelor's or graduate degree

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.16

0.18

No

--

Currently working toward skills training certificate or license

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.01

0.02

No

--
Completing school outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Earned a GED

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.12

0.1

No

--
More Outcomes

Earned a high school diploma

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.84

0.84

No

--
Labor market outcomes outcomes—Statistically significant negative effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Ever employed full time

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

0.95

0.95

No

--
More Outcomes

Months employed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

38.5

37.6

No

--

Months employed full time

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

34.3

32.6

No

--

Average monthly earnings

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

2111.98

1895.77

No

--

Average hours worked per week

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

33.3

31.6

No

--

Average hourly wage

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

14.99

14.3

No

--

Total number of jobs held

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

2

2.1

No

--

Average job duration (in months)

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

25.6

23.6

No

--

Ever employed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Years 5-8 after scheduled HS graduation

Full sample;
1,404 students

0.97

0.98

No

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Progressing in school outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Earned 3 or more vocational credits

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

During high school (12th grade survey)

Full sample;
student

0.7

0.47

Yes

 
 
23
More Outcomes

Basic Core Curriculum plus 3 vocational credits

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

During high school (12th grade survey)

Full sample;
student

0.47

0.27

Yes

 
 
20

Course Credits Meet Graduation Requirements

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

During high school (12th grade survey)

Full sample;
1,209 students

0.66

0.59

No

--

Graduated on-time

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.75

0.73

No

--

Basic Core Curriculum completed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

During high school (12th grade survey)

Full sample;
student

0.66

0.64

No

--

Total course credits

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

During high school (12th grade survey)

Full sample;
1,209 students

22.4

22

No

--

College-prep curriculum completed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

During high school (12th grade survey)

Full sample;
student

0.41

0.43

No

--

Graduated late

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Within 96 months of scheduled grad date

Full sample;
1,428 students

0.09

0.1

No

--

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.

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    Black
    30%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    50%
    Not Hispanic
    50%

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    California, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas

Reviewed: September 2009

Study sample characteristics were not reported.

In the case of multiple manuscripts that report on one study, the WWC selects one manuscript as the primary citation and lists other manuscripts that describe the study as additional sources.

  • Kemple, J. J. (2008). Career academies: Long-term impacts on labor market autcomes, educational attainment, and transitions to adulthood. New York: MDRC.

 

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