Teaching and Learning in Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Programs: Performance Tasks in the Postsecondary Transition

  Teaching and Learning in Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Programs: Performance Tasks in the Postsecondary Transition is the second of two reports on entry-level college course work, produced through research funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the last four years, EPIC researchers analyzed a sample for entry-level course syllabi, assessments and assignments to…

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…

The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards

The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards (NASDCTEc)

In its 2013 report, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) presented findings from its analysis of secondary and postsecondary CTE standards across 50 states and three U.S. territories. Notably, nearly all states and territories had state-approved secondary CTE standards, far fewer states had approved postsecondary CTE standards, and less…

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…

MDRC Career Pathways Issue Brief

MDRC Research on Career Pathways

From the March 2016 issue brief by Richard Kazis: “As postsecondary credentials have become increasingly important to accessing higher-quality employment, a growing number of education and workforce programs are implementing “career pathways” approaches to help both youth and adults prepare for further education and better jobs. In recent years, MDRC has conducted research on a…

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…

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From Accountability to Actionability: Making Sense of Multiple Measures in Local Control Accountability Plans (Policy Brief)

EPIC’s policy brief reviews promising practices from California districts as well as insights from research on multiple measures to provide recommendations that improve how California districts generate, present, and use data in their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Those from outside the state will find valuable information about using multiple measures to develop a coherent…

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…