P-TECH Impact

The P-TECH Model addresses postsecondary degree completion and career readiness by fortifying the transitions between high school, college, and the professional world. P-TECH's early college focus affords students a competitive edge in college and career attainment not available through traditional educational models.

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P-TECH’s Impact

Rashid F. Davis, P-TECH Founding Principal in Brooklyn, NY (2011) articulates several key impacts that the P-TECH model affords:

What the P-TECH educational model has accomplished is to help colleges and industry think differently about young people (16-24 age group). Students in P-TECH programs are better prepared to enter college and the workplace than their traditional high school counterparts because of P-TECH’s early college focus. This focus not only breaks the “disconnect” from education facing many in this age group, but, looking 6-10 years following high school graduation, these students have gained a competitive edge as they pursue college degrees or jobs. And, since one primary component of the P-TECH model is to address underserved student populations, this competitive edge makes a huge difference as business and industry seeks to diversify its workforce. It’s a message that needs to resonate with parents and students: P-TECH has the potential to change the narrative for them in terms of graduating from high school and earning a college degree.

A significant accomplishment of the role of P-TECH programs can be shown to have occurred since March 2020 and the impact on education during the pandemic period extending out nearly 2 years. During this period, seven states produced college graduates from P-TECH programs – primarily via online learning – by providing a learning model that met students “where they were” so they could move at their own pace. During a time when many schools were reporting low attendance and reduced high school completion, students enrolled in P-TECH programs not only attended classes, but, in many cases, accelerated their learning, earning their high school diploma AND Associate Degree in just 4 years.

As governmental entities look at ways to push funding to schools to bolster high school and college graduation rates, P-TECH’s public-private partnership model results in measurable student success. It may take a long time to change the mindset that a program like P-TECH has long-term value, but the results speak for themselves: P-TECH WORKS!

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Shows Equity in Action. https://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=23985

The following article reports the latest findings from MDRC’s random assignment evaluation of P-TECH 9-14 Schools in NYC, which, combined with earlier findings, shows that P-TECH is demonstrating a pattern of progressive, positive impacts on students’ high school outcomes, which should prepare them for a successful transition to postsecondary education and a career. Findings on high school graduation and postsecondary education outcomes will be released in 2023.

On Ramp to College: Dual Enrollment Impacts from the Evaluation of New York City’s P-TECH 9-14 Schools.

P-TECH: providing opportunities to students that changes the trajectory of their lives and the lives of their families.

Assessing P-TECH’s Impact

While the larger goal is associate degree attainment and a pathway to ongoing college and career, P-TECH schools assess impact across a number of different measures. These measures include key indicators for success across the high school, community college, and industry continuum:

  • Attendance
  • Retention
  • High school performance
  • High school graduation
  • College readiness
  • College performance
  • College degree attainment
  • Internships
  • Job attainment
  • Ongoing college pursuit
Each school’s Steering Committee reviews data on an ongoing basis, beginning in Grade 9, as part of ongoing improvement efforts for the school and for the model as a whole.