Trends

The California Department of Education (CDE) has been tracking the number of CTE courses that meet UC admission requirements over the last decade.

Overall trends

In relation to all UC-approved courses and all academic and CTE courses available in California’s public comprehensive and alternative high schools, the number of "a-g" approved CTE courses has increased over the years.

School Year

A1

B1

C1

D1

E1

F1

2012-13

9954

42,610

23.3%

646,954

282,770

43.7%

2011-12

9105

37,867

24.0%

614,820

275,304

44.7%

2010-11

8389

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

2009-10

7650

23,600

32.4%

588,069

255,447

43.4%

2008-09

6509

25,752*

25.3%

596,128

252,348

42.3%

2007-08

5614

25,752*

21.8%

690,649

249,348

36.1%

2006-07

4705

24,580*

19.1%

722,440

219,708

30.4%

2005-06

4021

24,370*

16.5%

697,121

215,569

30.9%

2004-05

3336

25,410*

13.1%

685,707

216,793

31.6%

2003-04

984

26,291*

7.5%

670,466

215,272

32.1%

2002-03

340*

32,456*

1.0%

693,394

205,338

29.6%

2001-02

289*

29,768

0.9%

662,732

187,424

28.2%

2000-01

258*

29,461

0.8%

641,887

187,517

29.2%

*Does not include all CTE courses in the Arts, Media and Entertainment sector

Source: CDE California High School Career Technical Education Course report [DOC]

A1 = Total number of CTE courses meeting “a-g” subject requirements
B1 = Total number of CTE courses taught in high schools
C1 = Percent of all CTE courses that are UC-approved
D1 = Total number of academic, specialized and CTE courses taught
E1 = Total number of UC-approved courses in all subject areas in high schools
F1 = Percent of all high school courses that are UC-approved

Trends by CTE discipline

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of "a-g" approved CTE courses across all CTE disciplines.

School Year

AG

BUS

HC

HE

IT

AE

OT

Total

2012-13

1290

1071

1165

293

918

4256

961

9954

2011-12

1169

998

1063

268

750

3990

867

9105

2010-11

1090

959

933

248

628

3752

779

8389

2009-10

1049

854

847

234

508

3472

686

7650

2008-09

908

707

707

180

452

3138

341

6509

2007-08

842

532

532

182

397

2754

198

5614

2006-07

781

491

491

148

365

2281

10

4705

2005-06

667

408

408

120

314

1934

3

4021

2004-05

544

358

358

99

1813*

NR

NR

3336

2003-04

449

257

257

57

944*

NR

NR

1984

2002-03

340

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

340**

2001-02

289

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

289**

2000-01

258

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

258**

*IT and AE courses were combined
**Only agriculture courses were tracked during those years

Source: CDE California High School Career Technical Education Course report [DOC]

AG = Number of UC-approved Agriculture and Natural Resources courses
BUS = Number of UC-approved Business Education courses
HC = Number of UC-approved Health Science and Medical Technology courses
HE = Number of UC-approved Home Economics Careers and Technology courses
IT
= Number of UC-approved Industrial and Technology Education courses
AE
= Number of UC-approved Arts, Media and Entertainment courses
OT
= Number of UC-approved Other CTE Industry Sector courses
NR
= Not recorded

Trends by “a-g” subject area

This chart represents the continuous increase in the number of CTE courses approved in all seven “a-g” subject areas. It also reflects the growing interest of high schools offering integrated CTE courses.

Categories

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10*

2010-11*

2011-12*

2012-13*

Total number of UC-approved CTE courses

4705

5614

6509

9094

9979

10,832

11,844

History / social science (“a”)

24

32

42

47

54

57

69

English (“b”)

19

24

25

19

19

30

28

Mathematics (“c”)

5

7

6

12

15

30

42

Laboratory science ("d")

752

954

1033

1348

1469

1629

1795

Language other than English (“e”)

2

5

0

310

459

515

594

Visual and performing arts ("f")

2476

2894

3292

4302

4612

4930

5262

College-preparatory elective (“e”)

1427

1698

2111

3056

3351

3641

4054

Number of schools with UC-approved CTE courses

971

927

981

1340

1446

1512

1567

Number of schools with no 
UC-approved CTE courses

88

81

152

798

804

804

749 

Total high schools reviewed

967

1026

1151

2138

2250

2316

2316

*Years include information from both public and private schools. All years prior includes information from public schools only.

Source: CDE California High School Career Technical Education Course report [DOC]