State-Local K-12 Policy

Where to Now? Thinking Aloud About the Next Generation of Policy Issues for Dual Enrollment

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.


Juvenile Justice Reform: Federal Funding Opportunities

This report is the second in a series designed to highlight potential ways for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to work more effectively with the federal government.

Press Release: Increasing the Share of Federal Funding for Massachusetts


Maximizing Federal Support and Opportunity for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This report identifies 15 opportunities to increase federal funding for the Commonwealth through new and existing programs. Many of these opportunities would also increase services for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Massachusetts Needs Aggressive Policies to Promote Early Colleges

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.

Finding Time for Work-Based Learning: School Leaders Have More Flexibility Than They Think

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. 


State Strategies for Sustaining and Scaling Grades 9-14 Career Pathways: Toward a Policy Set for Pathways to Prosperity

In collaboration with state leads from across the Pathways to Prosperity Network, the JFF team recently published this report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the state-level policies and actions that support the Pathways to Prosperity work, as well as concrete examples of how the Pathways key implementation levers are put into practice across the network.


Using Dual Enrollment Policy to Improve College & Career Readiness: A Web Tool for Decision Makers


Changing School District Practices: The Student at the Center Series

School districts have an important role to play in opening the door to the implementation of student-centered learning approaches and ensuring that these practices improve student achievement. Noting an absence of references to student-centered learning approaches in a subset of high-performing districts, this paper details seven key district characteristics to support innovative approaches in general, and student-centered learning approaches in particular.


Dropout Prevention & Recovery Map Tool