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New Jersey Career Technical Education Ranks No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools for Math and Science

Total of Five CTE schools rank in the top schools list

SILVER SPRING, MD - A Career Technical Education (CTE) school in New Jersey ranked no. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s first-issued Best High Schools for Math and Science, and four other of the state’s CTE schools earned a spot on the high-profile list.

At a time when college- and career-ready students are at a premium, the high marks made by these five CTE schools shine a light on education strategies that have significant potential to prime individuals to be successful in the global economy. Less than half of American high school graduates are ready for college-level math, and even fewer are ready for science courses in college, according to U.S. News & World Report. CTE programs, which focus on delivering educational experiences that ready students with the academic and career skills for the real world, appear to have a formula needed to better poise students for high-demand jobs related to math and science.

“Career Technical Education programs at the high school and college level are developing the nation’s most valuable resource – its people,” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).

“We have great examples across the nation of CTE programs that effectively teach students rigorous academics by putting learning into context through career-related experiences and training. We are so glad that these five New Jersey CTE schools have been able to demonstrate the great potential quality CTE schools across the nation have to offer. These schools are national leaders preparing our next generation workforce to succeed.”

The top-performing math and science school is High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J., with 283 students. Enrollment is highly competitive, with some 300 applicants a year for 60 available spots, according to U.S. News & World Report. The other New Jersey schools ranked as follows:

• MCVSD Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, #66.
• Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) Union County Magnet High School in
• Scotch Plains #77.
• UCVTS Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains #109.
• MCVSD Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook #147

To qualify for the Math and Science ranking, a school first had to be listed as either Gold, Silver, or Honorable Mention in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings published in December 2009. That meant 598 high schools were eligible to be ranked using data from 2008 graduates. The methodology for selection is explained online.

“This is a tribute to the tremendous efforts made by these students and these schools, and it highlights the link between career and technical education and high level math and science teaching and learning,” Dr. Philip Guenther, the President of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Technical Schools and the Superintendent of the Atlantic County Institute of Technology.

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