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Career Pathways and Graduation Requirements

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The Standard

Getting Students Career Ready

Every student needs academic and technical skills to prepare them for life and every student needs to plant their feet on a career pathway during their K-12 journey.

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Policy Update

State Boards Wrestle with Graduation Policy during Pandemic

States acted quickly to suspend end-of-year assessments and amend graduation requirements for high school seniors amid COVID-19. This policy update highlights trends in state guidance around graduation and grade advancement and how some are addressing inherent equity challenges.

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How Advance Placement Courses Fit within Career and Technical Education Programs

Did you know that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education or training beyond high school? All students need relevant knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy, prompting schools and states to consider integrating college- and career-ready course work. The College Board and Advance CTE recently partnered […]

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Power of the Question

Five Questions State Boards Should Ask to Advance College and Career Readiness

State boards can leverage dual enrollment opportunities, rigorous coursework, new graduation pathways, course alignment with high-opportunity careers, skill building for the jobs of the future, and tracking of student attainment after graduation to expand college and career readiness.

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Policy Update

State Boards Wrestle with Graduation Policy during Pandemic

States acted quickly to suspend end-of-year assessments and amend graduation requirements for high school seniors amid COVID-19. This policy update highlights trends in state guidance around graduation and grade advancement and how some are addressing inherent equity challenges.

read more
The Standard

Getting Students Career Ready

Every student needs academic and technical skills to prepare them for life and every student needs to plant their feet on a career pathway during their K-12 journey.

read more
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Leveraging Federal Legislation and Data to Build an Education-to-Workforce Pipeline

The places where individuals live and learn dramatically affect their opportunities and life outcomes, including access to a high-quality education, workforce training, and employment. Researchers Susan Bowles Therriault and Trent Sharp of the American Institutes for Research argue that state leaders must pay attention to the effects of geography as they develop policies to build […]

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How Advance Placement Courses Fit within Career and Technical Education Programs

Did you know that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education or training beyond high school? All students need relevant knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy, prompting schools and states to consider integrating college- and career-ready course work. The College Board and Advance CTE recently partnered […]

read more
Power of the Question

Five Questions State Boards Should Ask to Advance College and Career Readiness

State boards can leverage dual enrollment opportunities, rigorous coursework, new graduation pathways, course alignment with high-opportunity careers, skill building for the jobs of the future, and tracking of student attainment after graduation to expand college and career readiness.

read more
Policy Update

Enabling School Counselors to Focus on Postsecondary Transitions

This NASBE policy update explores the ways state boards of education can address the challenges school counselors face and better support student transitions after high school.  

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Policy Update

Career Readiness and CTE in a Post-NCLB World

Despite policymakers’ efforts to integrate and align core academics with career technical education, the two disciplines remain stubbornly separate in many states. But there are ways states can propel students toward postsecondary success by viewing academic and career programs as a single track.

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Policy Update

Beyond College Readiness: College Awareness as a First Step

This policy update highlights two state boards of education—Washington and Idaho—that have proactively sought to prepare students better for continuing their educations after high school.

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Also from NASBE

Bolstering the Second 'C' in College and Career Readiness

This report details the Career Readiness Study Group's recommendations for how state boards of education can begin to explore, expand, and enhance career readiness efforts in their states as part of the broader effort to ensure students are prepared for college, careers, and civic life.

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