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More Than Half of the State’s School Districts Have Career Academies, Most Operating in 2004-05 Incorporated Nationally Recognized Core Elements, Report No. 06-55, July 2006
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  • More than one-half of the state’s school districts operate career academies that provide integrated academic and vocational training to high school students.  Thirty-six districts reported 544 such programs, most of which are located within a comprehensive high school and serve students in the 9th through 12th grades.  Almost all programs have admission criteria, the most common being a minimum GPA.
  • Most (85%) of the 379 Florida career academies that operated during the 2004-05 school year reported implementing at least two of the three nationally recognized core program elements, and more than one-third reported implementing all three core elements. 
  • One-half of Florida’s career academies use some form of certification mechanism, although the type of certification used varies depending on the programs’ career focus and the availability of certifying entities. 
  • There has been little state-level assistance to support career academy development, curriculum alignment, certification, and the sharing of best practices.  Until the 2006 legislative session, there was no state-level definition of what a career academy is and when a program can legitimately call itself a career academy.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Career Education
Education System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-59 Legislature Overhauled Florida’s System of Career and Professional Academies, published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 07-40 Career Academy Students Perform Better Than Other Students During High School; Later Outcomes Vary, published in October 2007.
  • Report No. 06-56 Technical Report:  Most School District Career Academies Incorporated Nationally Recognized Core Elements in 2004-05, published in July 2006.

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