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Epic Steps Issue 2 – October 2015

T-2-4 and the Four Keys Spokane Public Schools (SPS), the second-largest district in the State of Washington, is committed to making sure that all doors are open to their students after they graduate from high school. To achieve this, SPS has implemented a districtwide campaign called T-2-4 focused on preparing students to successfully complete some…

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New Conceptions of College and Career Ready

Why do we need new measures of college and career readiness? Doesn’t the current system work entirely adequately to make determinations about who will succeed in college? Isn’t it knowing which courses students took, the grades they received, their standing relative to others in their class, and maybe a score on an admission test? What’s…

A New Era for Educational Assessment

In 2010, Jobs for the Future—with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation—launched the Students at the Center initiative, an effort to identify, synthesize, and share research and effective approaches to teaching and learning at the high school level. The initiative began by commissioning a series of white papers on key topics in secondary schooling, such…

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…

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Course-Taking Behavior

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Course-Taking Behavior

This white paper considers course-taking behavior—specifically the a–g subject requirements for the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) systems, career technical education (CTE) course pathways, and an integrated course pathway—as potential measures to be included in California’s college and career indicator. The paper begins by presenting a brief overview of the…