Understanding Entry-Level Courses in American Institutions of Higher Education

Understanding Entry-Level Courses in American Institutions of Higher Education

Understanding Entry-Level Courses in American Institutions of Higher Education outlines a study conducted by EPIC that empirically identifies the characteristics of work at the college- and career-readiness level in English/language arts, science, and social sciences courses. Using a previously collected national sample of over two thousand entry-level college course documents, EPIC used an emergent coding…

Meandering Toward Graduation: Transcript Outcomes of High School Graduates (Education Trust)

Meandering Toward Graduation: Transcript Outcomes of High School Graduates (Education Trust)

In April 2016, The Education Trust published Meandering Toward Graduation: Transcript Outcomes of High School Graduates. The report showcases the results of their analysis of high school transcripts to discover what students’ course-taking behavior reveals about their readiness—or lack thereof—for postsecondary education and careers. From their summary: Despite the rhetoric around college and career readiness…

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…

More Than One C: Educating Students to Be Ready for Careers and College (Policy Brief)

This policy brief from EPIC discusses the United State’s bias toward college-going as the gold standard and how to counteract that singular mode of thinking. EPIC outlines why definitions of K–12 success should balance an emphasis on each C (college and career). EPIC also shows the related pitfalls of districts failing to attend to the…

Should High School Students Have to ‘Defend’ Their Diploma Like a PhD? (Hechinger Report)

  Brenda Iasevoli of The Hechinger Report profiles Los Angeles High School of the Arts, which is in its second year of having its seniors defend their portfolios. She places the profile against the larger backdrop of alternate measures of student—and school—performance: Portfolio assessments like this one, which look a lot like doctoral dissertation defenses,…

Essential Skills and Dispositions: Developmental Frameworks for Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Self-Direction

This set of developmental frameworks was created to facilitate discussion within communities of practice and to enhance a shared understanding of the dynamic nature of four essential skills—collaboration, communication, creativity, and self-direction in learning. The frameworks define components inherent to each skill and describe performance across a beginner to emerging expert progression, informed by research…