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Tuesday December 20, 2016
High school student reading a book.
A growing body of research has consistently suggested that providing opportunities for high school students to take college courses is associated with increases in college enrollment and completion. Education leaders have responded. For well over a decade, state and federal policymakers have promoted dual enrollment through strategies such as creating or expanding funding streams for dual enrollment and early college schools, as well as mandating that local education agencies (LEAs) make available a defined amount of dual enrollment (and/or AP and IB) options. But efforts to expand dual...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy
Monday July 20, 2015
The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy’s recent report, Early College Designs: Achieving College- and Career-Readiness for all Massachusetts Students, profiles three Massachusetts school-college collaboratives, elaborating on the components of their programs and analyzing the costs. The brief makes a strong case that more early college high schools would greatly benefit the students of Massachusetts, as they have benefited the young people of 30 other states. Massachusetts is a national leader in education in many ways, yet the state has only a few early colleges. How can this...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, State-Local K-12 Policy
Tuesday April 21, 2015
Since launching the Pathways to Prosperity Network in 2012, Jobs for the Future and our partners have been working to design effective models for high school students to participate in high-value work experiences. This is the first in an occasional series highlighting solutions to the challenges of providing work-based learning—from both the employer side and the school side.   Finding time within the school day for students to engage in work-based learning is one of the biggest challenges facing champions of career pathways.  In a recent conversation, a high school leader who is building...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, State-Local K-12 Policy, Competency Education
Thursday May 9, 2013
Most U.S. educators give me a quizzical look when I mention that I just returned from a study tour of the Swiss Vocational System with ten representatives of the Pathways to Prosperity State Network at the invitation of the Swiss government. Isn’t that the country known for watches, skiing, and chocolate? Well, yes, but Switzerland has arguably the world’s most competitive economy as assessed by the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report as well as the best vocational education system, as featured in Stephen Sawchuk’s 4/23 Education Week article. The two are related. The Swiss...
Tags: Career Pathways, State-Local K-12 Policy, State-Local Workforce Policy
Thursday March 21, 2013
February was National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, so it seems appropriate to acknowledge and continue this celebration of college and career readiness by renewing our call for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the federal grant that provides critical funding for these programs in public high schools and two-year colleges. What CTE Month highlighted this year is the national urgent need to prepare students to earn postsecondary credentials and develop the work skills needed to succeed in today’s careers. However, federal CTE...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, State-Local K-12 Policy