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In Spring 2007, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded funds to the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) to undertake an analysis of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Philadelphia, and to make recommendations on how CTE and other forms of career-connected education could better align with high-wage/high-demand jobs in the regional economy. This analysis was performed with guidance from the Philadelphia Youth Council's Workforce Preparation subcommittee, and with the support of the School Reform Commission and the School District of Philadelphia. PYN worked with the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (PWIB) to perform extensive analyses of local, regional and state-level labor market data and how they were reflected in CTE offerings; scanned the literature to learn about effective practices in CTE and other forms of career-connected education; and convened employers, school representatives and government officials from the City and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to review the data, draw conclusions and formulate recommendations. The report provides an overview of that process, reviews relevant research, and presents a series of findings, analyses, and recommendations designed to improve CTE and career-connected education in the School District of Philadelphia. The scope of this report relates predominately to the eight CTE High Schools: (1) Edward Bok High School; (2) Communications Technology High School; (3) Murrell Dobbins High School; (4) Thomas A. Edison High School; (5) Jules E. Mastbaum High School; (6) A. Phillip Randolph Career Academy; (7) Walter B. Saul High School; and (8) Swenson Arts and Technology High School. Some additional analysis is presented as it relates to the career-connected offerings outside of the eight CTE schools. An attachment detailing Career and Technical Education Offerings in the Schools District of Philadelphia is included. (Contains 1 footnote.) [For the full report, "Strengthening Career and Technical Education and 21st Century Skills in Philadelphia," see ED539165.]

Descriptors: Vocational Education, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Urban Education, Career Academies, School Business Relationship, Educational Quality, Difficulty Level, Academic Standards, High Schools, Labor Market, Alignment (Education)

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