College and career readiness

What will drive more urgency around career prep in 2024?

Pressures on the wider U.S. workforce caused by a lack of workers with the requisite skills will drive more collaboration between K12 schools and employers.

Our seniors are training for healthcare jobs. That might also lead to college

Essential elements to replicate this model in other districts: Workforce development partner, great training, a dedicated manager, and an in-demand field with upward mobility.

Do colleges consider legacy status in admissions? Here’s what the data says

The Supreme Court's dismantling of affirmative action earlier this year sent chills down the spines of higher education and K12 leaders alike over fears that students won't have equal access to college. New data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals just how widespread the practice was.

Don’t know about market value assets? Let this superintendent explain

They have everything to do with closed swimming pools and, more importantly, putting students on track for successful futures in college and the workforce, Superintendent Michelle Hubbard says.

Rankings: Virginia has the highest high school graduation rates in the country

Across the country, the average graduation rate was about 79% for the 2021-22 school year, according to data released last week by U.S. News. How does your state measure up?

6 key moves for leaders who want to accelerate career pathways

If you've built a career pathways program, you know it's a complex undertaking that requires outreach and collaboration with local business and organizations. If you're only in the preliminary phase, the good news is those who have developed successful initiatives have plenty of lessons to share.

What K12 leaders need to know about gender gaps in college and career confidence

Here's a number that should startle superintendents: 72% of female high school graduates lack confidence about their career path, a new survey has found.

Superintendent’s Playbook: 7 stages of helping high school students discover what’s next

Wayzata High School's "Portrait of a Graduate" makes it clear to the community that students are learning relevant skills necessary for their future success.

4 ways to ensure underresourced students excel in dual enrollment outcomes

The Community College Research Center at Columbia University Teachers College has developed a new framework urging colleges and K12 districts to work together to ensure students take dual enrollment courses with vision, preparation and an eye toward postsecondary success.

Why hiring school counselors can help boost college pathways for underserved students

In the wake of the dismissal of race-conscious admissions, superintendents and administrators must understand the importance of hiring counselors and partnering with local colleges and universities to ensure their marginalized students have access postsecondary opportunities.

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