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Dublin City Schools Posts Record-High Results from End of Pathway Exams

Dublin High School’s Career, Technical & Agricultural Education Department and the district’s College & Career Academy are celebrating record-high results from the end of pathway exams.  In fact, the district saw a 71% increase in the number of students who passed their end of pathway assessments, impressively rising from 43.94% in 2021-2022 to 74.03% in 2022-2023.  

     Georgia’s End-of-Pathway Assessment Process is standardized for all public school districts across the state.  The exams measure the level of technical skills attained, determining how career-ready a student is after three courses in a selected pathway. 

     “The jump signifies that we really focused on making sure classroom instruction was rooted in teaching industry standards,” explains Ben Lanier, Dublin City Schools’ CTAE Director and the CEO of the College and Career Academy.  “Data isn’t everything, but it’s a great motivator and speaks to the fact that we had industry experts inside our classrooms, supporting our students.” 

     In fact, Agriculture, Cosmetology and Criminal Justice pathways posted 100% pass rates during the spring semester with Food Sciences yielding a 90.91% pass rate in the fall. 

     All are record high results for the district. 

     “Agriculture Business is a new pathway we tried this year,” said Lanier.  “The class really harps on the fact that there’s an economic engine behind agriculture.  I think a lot of our students really gravitated towards it, and you can see that in the test scores - with 100% of them passing.” 

     Additional points of pride include that, for the very first time in recent history, Dublin High School had students pass the Teaching as a Profession and Allied Health assessments, with both pathways finishing the year at 60% pass rates.  

     Earning a certification is certainly something that students can add to their resume to set themselves apart, proving to industry experts that they are ready to work. 

    Lanier says this is just the beginning.  For the 2023-2024 school year, Dublin City Schools will be offering its students 11 pathways rooted in career-readiness:  Agriculture, Air Force JROTC, Business & Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant, Construction, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Food Sciences, Mechatronics, Teaching as a Profession and Welding.