Preparing Students for Success in the 21st Century
Policies that provide information, incentives and access to advanced courses and certifications to prepare students for higher education and the workforce.
Too many of our nation’s students are unprepared for the challenges they will face after high school. As a result, students are spending more on college for remedial courses, they are unprepared for careers so jobs are left unfilled, and states—and our nation—are experiencing unrealized economic growth.
College and career pathway policies can bring purpose to learning by allowing students to earn authenticated skill sets informed by labor market demand and ensuring more rigorous courses are available and incentivized for all students.
ExcelinEd promotes proven policies that best equip students for the rigors of the college classroom and align career training and credentials to workforce need. The model includes:
- Increasing students’ access to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment courses, in-demand, industry certifications and associate degrees during K-12.
- Rewarding schools and teachers for student success in earning college credit and industry certifications tied to labor market demand.
- Informing teachers, parents and students about the multiple options to career success.
Credentials Matter, a first-of-its-kind analysis, examines how the credentials students earn align with real-world employer demand. This project includes a unique online tool presenting the most extensive collection and analysis of supply, demand and alignment data of industry-recognized credentials earned in states.
Read the reports below or visit ExcelinEd.org/Credentials-Matter for more information.
College Acceleration Playbook Series
College acceleration opportunities can set students up for success. But before this can happen, states need to thoughtfully advance college acceleration opportunities that prioritize quality, value, equity and access for all students. ExcelinEd’s first College Acceleration Playbook presents the benefits of these opportunities, examines the challenges facing states and identifies the nine nonnegotiables they need to embrace to guarantee high-quality college acceleration opportunities for their students.
IT + CS Business Advisory Council Report
America’s unmet need for top talent in information technology and computer science is a longstanding problem. However, a new report from the IT + CS Business Advisory Council, Addressing America’s Growing Demand for IT and CS: The Case for Change in K–12 Education, identifies what businesses, education leaders and policymakers can do to address this skills gap.
Read the report below or visit ExcelinEd.org/ITCS for more information.
Career and Technical Education Playbook Series
ExcelinEd’s Career and Technical Education playbook series offers specific steps to help states improve learning and outcomes for their students. Read the playbooks below or visit ExcelinEd.org/CTE-Playbook-Series for more information, resources and templates.
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