Indiana's career, technical students have higher grad rate

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 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 Journal Gazette reports 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.

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