Do Career Academies improve labor market outcomes for students?
Why are we asking?
First developed some 40 years ago, Career Academies restructure large high schools into small learning communities around career themes, follow rigorous curricula that include academic and career-oriented courses, and offer opportunities to participate in work-based learning activities. The growth of Career Academies (there are more than 8,000 today) has been fueled by MDRC’s random assignment evaluation of the model. Tracking students for 12 years, our study found strong and sustained impacts on students’ labor market outcomes, most notably earnings, especially for African-American males.