Key Stakeholders Come Together to Support Student Success in CTE

Analyzing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats in Central Valley, California “A professional teacher is one who learns from teaching rather than one who has finished learning how to teach.” This was a sign on the wall of a Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) conference room. I and my colleagues were there earlier this month…

South Carolina College and Career Readiness Toolkit

The South Carolina College and Career Readiness Toolkit was designed to foster conversation among leaders from school districts and higher education about what it means to be college and career ready, and to help develop action plans for new and strengthened partnerships. The Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness (the Center) worked with…

Defining a New North Star: Aligning LCAPs to College and Career Readiness (Policy Brief)

In this policy brief, EPIC recommends that college and career readiness serve as the “North Star” in California’s recently reformed accountability system. A district seeking to use its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to promote a college- and career-going culture should take the following steps: •  Adopt, modify, or generate a consistent and shared definition…

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Final Report (cover image)

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Final Report

In 2012, California Senate Bill 1458 added a measure of college and career preparedness to the Academic Performance Index (API). The Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee was charged with making recommendations to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education regarding measures that could serve as indicators of college and…

NAEP Grade 12 Preparedness Research College Course Content Analysis Study (Final Report)

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan organization that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Governing Board established the NAEP Program of 12th Grade Preparedness Research to assess what NAEP can report on the academic preparedness of 12th grade students entering college and job training. The Governing Board…

California Diploma Project Technical Report III: Validity Study

California Diploma Project: Validity Study Technical Report. This validity study examines two research questions: How applicable are the Health Science and Medical Technology Standards to entry-level postsecondary courses and workforce expectations? How important are the Health Science and Medical Technology Standards to success in postsecondary courses and workforce expectations?The rationale for conducting this initial validity…

California Diploma Project Technical Report II: Alignment Study

Alignment Study of the Health Sciences and Medical Technology Draft Standards and California’s Exit Level Common Core State Standards. This alignment study examines two dimensions of alignment, looking at both content and cognitive complexity. Using a modified version of the methodology developed by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, this study addresses the following research questions:…

California Diploma Project Technical Report I: Crosswalk Study

Crosswalk of the Intersegmental Committee for the Academic Senate Statements of Competencies to the Common Core State Standards. EPIC conducted an investigation of the Intersegmental Committee for the Academic Senates (ICAS) Statements of Competencies for Mathematics and Academic Literacy. The purpose of this work is to understand how the ICAS competencies relate to college and…

Lining Up: The Relationship between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Comparison Standards

EPIC completed an alignment study on the Common Core State Standards. The study determines the extent of correspondence (alignment) between the exit level Common Core State Standards and each of five sets of existing standards (California and Massachusetts state standards, the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards, the Knowledge and Skills for University Success, and…