The Impact of Career Magnet High Schools: Experimental and Qualitative Evidence

A. L. Heebner

Heebner looked at New York City's career magnet schools to see if they give students better education and career guidance than comprehensive high schools. While students in career magnet schools show some improvement in skills like math and reading, the greatest change is in attitude: their interest in learning, their planning for the future, and their awareness of the variety of careers available in broad fields like medicine or business. Heebner noted, however, that underprepared and disadvantaged students are often not sufficiently supported by already overburdened school personnel. She concludes that New York City's magnet schools offer a promising blend of college and vocational preparation that helps a diverse range of students.

MDS-1069 / June 1996

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