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Building bridges to life after high school: Contemporary career academies and student outcomes

, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,, United States ; , , Wake County Public School System,, United States

Economics of Education Review Volume 68, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Career academies serve an increasingly wide range of students. This paper examines the contemporary profile of students entering career academies in a large, diverse school district and estimates causal effects of participation in one of the district's well-regarded academies on a range of high school and college outcomes. Exploiting the lottery-based admissions process of this technology-focused academy, we find that academy enrollment increases the likelihood of high school graduation by about 8 percentage points and boosts rates of college enrollment for males but not females. Analysis of intermediate outcomes suggests that effects on attendance and industry-relevant certification at least partially mediate the overall high school graduation effect.


Hemelt, S.W., Lenard, M.A. & Paeplow, C.G. (2019). Building bridges to life after high school: Contemporary career academies and student outcomes. Economics of Education Review, 68(1), 161-178. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 5, 2019 from .

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