Vocational high schools in Massachusetts are posting above-average test scores and lower drop-out rates than comprehensive high schools, concludes a Pioneer Institute report. In Worcester, the vocational school is the highest scorer in the district, writes Julia Steiny in the Providence Journal.
. . . at Diman Regional Vocational High School in Fall River, 60 percent of the kids typically go on to college. One year the college-bound rate was 80 percent.
But this success is new. Before the 1993 Education Reform Act, maybe 5 percent of Diman’s kids went to college, 10 in a really good year.
What happened? The state made vocational students pass the same tests as everyone else. Teachers integrated reading, math and science into trade courses. Now there are waiting lists to get into vo-tech schools.
Via Education Gadfly.