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Career Academies: Impacts on labor market outcomes and educational attainment.

Kemple, J. J. (2004). New York, NY: MDRC. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED484616

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    1,458
     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

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

Associate's degree completed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.19

0.17

Yes

 
 
3
More Outcomes

Highest degree enrollment: Four-year college

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.26

0.25

Yes

 
 
1

Highest degree enrollment: Two-year college

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.38

0.38

Yes

 
 
0

Months enrolled in postsecondary education

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

21.3

21.7

Yes

 
 
0

Years of schooling completed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

12.6

12.7

Yes

 
 
0

Any postsecondary credential completed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.56

0.57

Yes

-1
 
 

Ever enrolled in postsecondary education

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.79

0.8

Yes

-2
 
 

Bachelor's degree completed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.16

0.18

Yes

-2
 
 

Skills training certificate or license completed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.21

0.22

Yes

-2
 
 

Highest degree enrollment: Skills training, technical or trade school

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.15

0.17

Yes

-4
 
 
Completing school outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Earned a GED

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.11

0.08

Yes

 
 
8
More Outcomes

Earned a high school diploma or GED

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.92

0.92

Yes

 
 
3

Earned a high school diploma

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.81

0.83

Yes

-3
 
 
Labor market outcomes outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Ever employed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.99

0.97

Yes

 
 
17
More Outcomes

Ever employed full time

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

0.95

0.93

Yes

 
 
11

Months employed

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

36.6

35.3

Yes

 
 
0

Months employed full time

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

29.5

27.5

Yes

 
 
0

Average monthly earnings

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

1145.59

1036.94

Yes

 
 
0

Average hours worked per week

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

30

28.1

Yes

 
 
0

Average hourly wage

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

9.19

8.72

Yes

 
 
0

Total number of jobs held

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

3.1

3.1

Yes

 
 
0

Average job duration (in months)

Career Academies vs. Business as usual

Four years post (expected) graduation

Full;
1,458 students

16.1

15.8

Yes

 
 
0

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • Female: 59%
    Male: 41%
  • Race
    Black
    29%
    Not specified
    8%
    White
    6%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    57%
    Not Hispanic
    43%

  • Urban
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: September 2009

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • Female: 56%
    Male: 44%
  • Race
    Black
    30%
    Native American
    7%
    White
    6%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    55%
    Not Hispanic
    45%
 

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