Purpose

This report provides information on the college enrollment and the employment outcomes for Texas public high school graduates during the fall semester following high school graduation by Career and Technical Education (CTE) participation in high school. It shows the number of high school graduates enrolled in Texas public colleges and/or employed within the state of Texas for both CTE participants and non-CTE participants.

NOTE: For this report, CTE participants are defined as students who were enrolled in a sequential course of study related to a CTE program or who followed a state approved Tech Prep high school plan of study leading to postsecondary education and training during grades 9 - 12. Students who took CTE courses as electives but not as a part of a coherent sequence of courses in CTE are considered to be non-CTE participants.

Data in this report are reported at the statewide and school district levels.

The state level report includes the top 10 Texas public colleges ranked by the number of students enrolled and the top 10 industries of employment ranked by the number of students employed. It also provides information concerning the median fourth quarter wages for employed high school graduates.

District reports provide similar data at the school district level but due to the smaller number of students in districts, the district reports display the top 5 Texas public colleges and the top 5 industries. Individual district reports are provided only for school districts with 25 or more high school graduates. An asterisk (*) in a data table is displayed in place of the data value when the corresponding number is smaller than 5 to protect the confidentiality of student records.

Data Source

Data in this report come from the Texas Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). College enrollment data represent only Texas public colleges and universities, and do not include out-of-state or Texas private institutions of higher education.

For more information about THECB data, visit their website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/.

Employment and quarterly earnings data are from the TWC and include only Texas employment data as reported to the TWC. Employment industry sectors are classified using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

For more information on employment, visit the TWC website at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/.

Data Elements

CTE Participants:

For this report, CTE participants are defined as students who were enrolled in a sequential course of study related to a CTE program or who followed a state approved Tech Prep high school plan of study leading to postsecondary education and training during grades 9 - 12. Students in a CTE program must follow a four year plan of study to take 2 or more CTE courses for 3 or more credits during high school. The Tech Prep plan must provide at least one option for articulated and/or concurrent credit at the postsecondary level. Students who took CTE courses as electives but not as a part of a coherent sequence of courses in CTE are considered to be non-CTE participants.

Non-CTE Participants:

Non-CTE participants are defined as students who either did not enroll in a CTE course during grades 9 - 12 or students who took one or more CTE course(s) as electives but not as a part of a coherent sequence of courses in CTE during grades 9 - 12.

Enrolled in College:

Texas high school graduates who enrolled in a Texas public college or university the fall semester following high school graduation as reported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Employed:

Texas high school graduates who have fourth quarter wages following high school graduation as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). (For example, if a student graduated from high school in May 2010, the fourth quarter wages reported would include any wages earned in October, November, and December of 2010 and reported to the TWC.)

Industry Employment Sector:

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. NAICS industries are identified by a 6-digit code. In this report, the 6-digit codes are rolled up to a broader grouping of 21 standardized industry sectors which includes an ‘Unknown’ category.

For in-depth information on the NAICS codes, see the United States Census Bureau, North American Industry Classification System website at https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/.

Median Wages:

Median wages paid during the fourth quarter following high school graduation as reported to TWC.

Not Located:

Texas public high school graduates not found either as college enrolled (in a Texas public college or university in the fall semester following high school graduation) or employed (not found in the 4th quarter of Texas employment data as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission).