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…

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…

Epic Steps Issue 1 – September 2015

VALLEY HIGH IS REDEFINING ITS CULTURE It’s hard to forget the early 90’s Canon television commercials featuring a mullet­ haired Andre Agassi repeating the slogan, “image is everything.” While we at Epic School Partnerships may not agree that it’s “everything,” perceptions do play an important role in the effectiveness of schools. Schools that fail to…

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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…

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…

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Multiple Measures

This white paper considers the benefits and limitations of multiple measures of college and career preparedness. The previous papers in this series evaluated measures against a framework consisting of 10 criteria. This white paper uses theory and practice related to measures of college and career preparedness as its frame of reference and primary organizing structure.…

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Career Preparedness Assessments

This white paper considers the career preparedness assessments used most widely by state educational systems—specifically ACT’s WorkKeys, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), and industry certification assessments—as measures to be considered for California’s college and career indicator. The paper begins by presenting a brief overview of career…