Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Educational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Christie Bledsoe

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Jerrel Moore

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Kristin O'Byrne


College and career readiness for K-12 students has become a priority of legislatures and educational leaders in the United States. In recent years, Texas public school leaders have emphasized the importance of maximizing the percentage of College, Career and Military Ready (CCMR) graduates. The specific problem studied was that a low percentage of students in Texas, in comparison to the state’s graduation rate, graduate with a CCMR distinction. Career and Technical Education (CTE), a component of K-12 education, can assist school leaders in maximizing college and career readiness for students. However, it was not clear how within schools, CTE enrollment predicts CCMR outcomes. The researcher sought to determine how the percentage of CTE enrollment predicts the percentage of CCMR student outcomes as defined by the Texas Education Agency. A quantitative research design was used for the study and a simple linear regression was the statistical analysis. The sample for the study included 41 Texas public high schools and the researcher collected archival data for each of the schools. Findings from this quantitative study indicated that the percentage of CTE enrollment was not a significant predictor of the percentage of CCMR graduates which is made up of both college ready and career/military ready graduates. The percentage of CTE enrollment was a negative predictor of the percentage of college ready graduates. Furthermore, the percentage of CTE enrollment was a positive predictor of the percentage of career/military ready graduates.

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