Public Opinion Poll Results Cite High School Improvement as Priority Issue
Results of a national bipartisan public opinion poll released by the Alliance for Excellent Education indicate that Americans across party lines think that high schools are greatly in need of improvement. Improving the public high school quality through reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is a voting issue for over eight in ten voters.
Final AB2648 Report Released (PDF, 1.03 MB)
On May 12, the California Department of Education released the AB 2648 Multiple Pathways Report, which explores the feasibility of establishing and expanding additional pathways in California.
The Economic Benefits from Halving the Dropout Rate
The Alliance for Excellent Education provides one-page summaries of the economic benefits to certain cities and nationally when the high school drop-out rate is reduced by half. Five California cities (Fresno, Los Angeles-Long Beach, Sacramento, San Francisco-Oakland, San Jose) and a national summary are included.
The Status of the Teaching Profession - 2011 (PDF, 4.85 MB)
In chapters 4 and 5 of this report, the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning outlines the skills and knowledge teachers need to succeed in redesigned schools and the preparation and ongoing professional development needed to support their work.
Multiple Pathways Feasibility Study
Website with information on the feasibility study for establishing and expanding Linked Learning (formerly multiple pathways) in California that WestEd is conducting for AB2648.
Designed for school board members, this report is a synthesis of the findings of the High School Reform Task Force of the California School Board Association.
ACSA Career Technical Education Position Paper (PDF, 75 KB)
This position paper by the Association of California School Administrators provides policy recommendations for developing adequately funded and integrated CTE programs that can be used to address the achievement gap and dropout crisis.
UCLA - IDEA
The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access at UCLA seeks to make high quality public schooling and successful college participation routine occurrence in low income neighborhoods of color.
Transforming Today’s Education for Tomorrow’s Economy: New Directions for Career and Technical Education in California (PDF, 107 KB) Gary Hoachlander
One of California’s significant public policy challenges is preparing its young people for lasting success in their educational, career, and civic pursuits. This policy brief provides twelve policy strategies for ending the separation between career and technical education (CTE) and mainstream academics, creating comprehensive Linked Learning pathways to provide a more engaging and relevant educational experience that prepares students for both postsecondary education and career, not one or the other.