Issues with Career and Technical Education and Diploma Options in The United States: A Deeper Look into Georgia

Research Highlights in Education and Science 2017

Editors: Dr. Mustafa Pehlivan, Dr. Wenxia Wu


Research Highlights in Education and Science 2017

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Issues with Career and Technical Education and Diploma Options in The United States: A Deeper Look into Georgia

Chapter Authors: Aaron Douglass Talley, Angela Christine Fain, Cynthia Head

Abstract: Throughout the Unites States, diploma options and graduation paths vary from state to state. The most common diploma option nationwide is the College Preparatory diploma. In an examination of diploma options and graduation requirements across the nation in 2007, Johnson, Thurlown, and Schuelka reported that all states offered a standard diploma to both students with and without disabilities, eleven states offered a Special Education diploma and three states offered an Occupational diploma, to students with disabilities only. Prior to 2008, the state of Georgia was one of many states offering several standard diploma options, called tiered diplomas. However, at the end of 2007, the State cited the need for all students to follow a rigorous academic path throughout high school, regardless of their post high school intentions. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the disparity between federal legislation of Career and Technical education (CTE) and actual practice as well as to examine the effects of the removal of the tiered diploma options for students in Georgia. A mixed methods design was used to collect and present data. Descriptive statistics were used to report student graduation rates for students with and without disabilities under the different graduation rules. A survey given to Georgia educators regarding the effects of streamlining diploma options was analyzed. Results and implications from this study are presented.

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