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Author(s):Brand, B.
Title:High school career academies: A 40-year proven model for improving college and career readiness
Organization:American Youth Policy Forum
Short Description:This publication provides an overview of career academies along with policy recommendations to expand the model.
Annotation:High school career academies are a time-tested model for improving academic outcomes and preparing students for both college and careers. Career academies (1) are smaller learning communities taught by a team of interdisciplinary teachers, (2) provide a rigorous academic curriculum based on a career theme that demonstrates how knowledge is used and applied in career fields, and (3) partner with colleges and employers to provide opportunities for dual enrollment, internships, and increased mentoring by adults. With a strong research base, career academies have been shown to have positive impacts on attendance, earned credits, and high school graduation and college attendance rates. Additionally, participation in a career academy increased post-high school employment rates and earnings, particularly for at-risk young men. Career academies are also unique by having created National Standards of Practice that guide the model's continuous improvement. This publication provides an overview of career academies along with policy recommendations to expand the model.
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Career Pathways/ Linked Learning
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School connectedness: Strategies for increasing proactive factors among youth
Building a higher skilled workforce: Results and implications from the Bridgeconnect national survey
Youth in foster care: Easing the transition to adulthood
Gaining ground: High schools closing the achievement gap
Academic competitiveness and national SMART grant programs: First-year lessons learned
A smart move in tough times: How SREB states can strengthen adult learning and the work force
Lumina Foundation focus: The productivity push: System wide reform allows Arizona to serve more students
The condition of college and career readiness 2010
Achieving the possible: What Americans think about the college- and career-ready agenda
Strong foundations: The state of postsecondary data systems
Improving education through collaboration: A case study of the Long Beach seamless education partnership
Understanding the K-12 common core state standards in mathematics
The rising price of inequality: How inadequate grant aid limits college access and persistence
Working with teachers to develop fair and reliable measures of effective teaching
Schools, families, and Response to Intervention:
Online learning: Addressing challenges and seizing opportunities
Effective college access, persistence and completion programs and strategies for underrepresented student populations: Opportunities for scaling up
Response to Intervention policy
Response to Intervention (RTI) and English Learners (ELLs)
Enhancing school reform through expanded learning
Keeping the promise of change in California's lowest performing schools
Response to Intervention: Possibilities for service delivery at the secondary school level
Response to Intervention resources for high schools
Response to Intervention: The future for secondary schools
Advancing by degrees: A framework for increasing college completion
Using college admission test scores to clarify high school placement (Leading Indicators Series)
Eight components of college and career readiness counseling
Postsecondary education and training as we know it is not enough: Why we need to leaven postsecondary strategy with more attention to employment policy, social policy, and career and technical education in high school
Evidence from California Partnership Academies: One Model of Pathways
The connection between health and high school dropout
Effective teaching: A key to success for all high school students
Turning it around: A collective effort to understand and resolve Philadelphia's dropout crisis
What does research say about 21st century skills?
Curriculum and instruction: A 21st century skills implementation guide
15 Effective strategies for dropout prevention
The quality imperative: A state guide to achieving the promise of extended learning opportunities
Breaking the habit of low performance: Successful school restructuring stories
Data that matters: Giving high schools useful feedback on grads' outcomes
2011 National survey of school counselors: School counseling at a crossroads
Revamping the teacher evaluation process
Caught in the crisis: Students with disabilities in U.S. high schools
A parent's guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)
Dropout prevention services and programs in public school districts: 2010-11
Student voices: What makes a great teacher?
TIered interventions in high schools: Using preliminary 'lessons learned' to guide ongoing discussion
Making the move: Transition strategies at California schools with high graduation rates
Waiving away high school graduation rate accountability?
Preparing for change: A national perspective on common core state standards implementation planning
Building pathways to transfer: Community colleges that break the chain of failure for students of color
Beyond the master plan: The case for restructuring baccalaureate education in California
2012 State of the state addresses: Governors' top education issues
The CollegeKeys Compact 2012 catalog of effective practices: Programs and practices that expand options for students from low-income backgrounds
Early college designs
Engineering solutions to the national crisis in literacy: How to make good on the promise of common core state standards
Public school choice in the District of Columbia: A descriptive analysis
The false promise of class-size reduction
Making summer count: How summer programs can boost children's learning
Linking costs and postsecondary degrees: Key issues for policymakers
The Future Ready Project
Farther, faster: Six promising programs show how career pathway bridges help basic skills students earn credentials that matter
Tackling tough topics: An educator's guide to working with military kids
The College Match Program
State policies to improve the effectiveness of school principals
Think College Indiana!
A green career pathways framework: Postsecondary and employment success for low-income, disconnected youth
Ready by 21 case study: Massachusetts
Beyond basic skills: State strategies to connect low-skilled students to an employer-valued postsecondary education
Stretching the school dollar: A brief for state policymakers
The transition to adulthood: How states can support older youth in foster care
Education as a data-driven enterprise: A primer for leaders in business, philanthropy, and education
Parents' guide to student success
Teachers are the center of education: Mentoring, teaching and improving student learning
Healthy steps toward student achievement: Research based recommendations for policy and practice
Six aspects to laying the groundwork for a college-going culture
Reengaging high school dropouts: Early results of the national guard youth challenge program evaluation
Seamless Pathways : A Symposium on Improving Transitions From High School to College
Annotated bibliography of resources for transforming school counseling
2009 What works for Latinos in higher education
Redefining college readiness
What we must to do to create a system that prepares students for college success
Helping Latinas succeed in school: How schools can address barriers to high school graduation
Field guide for improving student success
Adult education for work: Transforming adult education to build a skilled workforce
Counselor and college access provider activities to create a college-going culture
Combat2College: Facilitating college success for combat veterans
College readiness for all toolbox
Student Success Skills
Social programs that work: What works and what doesn't work in social policy: Findings from well-designed randomized controlled trials
Coalition for Evidence-based Policy
Student Success Skills: Tools and strategies for improved academic and social outcomes
Toward informative assessment and a culture of evidence: Results from strengthening pre-collegiate education in community colleges
Preparing the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow
Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement
Strengthening institutional research and information technology capacity through Achieving the Dream: Principles and practices of student success
A coherent approach to high school improvement: A district and school self-assessment tool
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: A guide for data analysts
How state education agencies support data-driven decision-making in districts and schools
Top gainers: Some public four-year colleges and universities make big improvements in minority graduation rates
Using Achieving the Dream to meet accreditation requirements: Principles and practices of student success
Implementing strategies to achieve successful student transitions
Council for Exceptional Children
Promoting a comprehensive approach to educational opportunity: A pilot inventory of education-related federal programs for children and youth
Beyond the indicators: An integrated school-level approach to dropout prevention
Chronic early absence: Providing solutions for increasing achievement in the early grades and preventing school drop-out
Revving the education engine: Effectively aligning education, workforce, and economic development policy
Mobilizing a cross-sector collaborative for systemic change: Lessons from project U-turn, Philadelphia's campaign to reduce the dropout rate
A shared agenda: P-12 and postsecondary policy recommendations: Moving toward a more cohesive continuum of federal support for college opportunity
Bridging the gaps to success: Promising practices for promoting transfer among low-income and first generation students: An in-depth study of six exemplary community colleges in Texas
Race to the Top: Accelerating college and career readiness in states: Teacher effectiveness
Best practices in statewide articulation and transfer systems
The past, present, and future of comprehensive school reform
Successful school turnarounds: Seven steps for school leaders
Measuring up 2008
Creating change one step at a time: Efforts to improve college access and success in Indiana
College tools for schools
Promise lost: College-qualified students who don't enroll in college
Response to Intervention: Resources for student service professionals
Critical conditions for equity and diversity in college access: Informing policy and monitoring results
US Department of Labor Youth Services: Summaries of education models
Gaining support from campus leaders: A project brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Increasing student engagement through faculty development: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
State future workforce gap summaries
Pushing the envelope: State policy innovations in financing postsecondary education for workers who study
College access and success state data
The path to career success: High school achievement, certainty of career choice, and college readiness make a difference
Graduating America: Meeting the challenge of low-graduation rate high schools
From soldier to student: Easing the transition of service members on campus
Summer Search
National Association for College Admission Counseling: Statement of prinicples of good practice
Grade retention: Achievement and mental health outcomes
Barriers to college attainment: Lessons from Chicago
The study of implementation in school-based preventative interventions: Theory, research, and practice
Campaign for High School Equity
Selected states response to supporting high school English language learners
Using increased funding under the Workforce Investment Act to create multiple pathways to marketable postsecondary credentials and middle-class employment
Career academies: Long-term impacts on labor market outcomes, educational attainment, and transitions to adulthood
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
America's forgotten middle-skill jobs: Education and training requirements in the next decade and beyond
Passing the torch: Strategies for innovation in community college ESL
Education at a glance 2007: OECD indicators
Modeling Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Campus practices that work for Latino students
National evaluation of Upward Bound: Summary of first-year impacts and program operations
I-STEM Resource Network
Trends among high school seniors 1972-2004
Out before the game begins: Hispanic leaders talk about what's needed to bring more Hispanic youngsters into science, technology and math professions
Best practices: Resource for TRIO directors
Best practices: TRIO student support programs & Upward Bound
Early college high schools in Ohio: Core principles
A study of the Talent Search program: Analysis and highlights
Adult learning in focus: Individual state profiles and downloadable data
Course-taking patterns and preparation for postsecondary education in California's public university systems among minority youth
Five academic reasons why state virtual schools are important to your state
Starfish Initiative: Mentoring application
Feeling the Florida heat? How low-performing schools respond to voucher and accountability pressure
Using rigorous evidence to improve policy and practice
Encouraging girls in math and science
Organizing instruction and study to improve student learning
State college- and career-ready high school graduation requirements
Federal support for adolescent literacy: A solid investment
Helping Teens Succeed
Financing workforce development programs for youth transitioning out of foster care
Ten ways to help your child become self-reliant
Great summer jobs: Explore careers and gain valuable experience
Action plan: Educators/Policymakers
Getting ready for college: Advising high school students with learning disabilities
Creating a culture of literacy: A guide for middle and high school principals
A state leader's action guide to 21st century skills
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; Alabama state report
Raising our sights: No high school senior left behind
Beyond college for all: Policies and practices to improve transitions into college and jobs
Crisis at the core: Preparing all students for college and work
On course for success: A close look at high school courses that prepare students for college
The American diploma project: Overview of research
Powerful pathways: Framing options and opportunities for vulnerable youth
Paths to persistence: An analysis of research on program effectiveness at community colleges
Preparing students for success in college
Ensuring rigor in the high school curriculum: What states are doing
Child, adolescent, family intervention science initiative (CAFISI)
Pathways to and through college: Linking policy with research and practice
Pathways to improving practice: How can pre-college outreach programs use data to make decisions
Pathways to improving practice: How can pre-college outreach programs work with schools
Pathways to improving practice: How can schools develop relationships with pre-college outreach programs
The talent development high school model: Context, components, and initial impacts on ninth-grade students' engagement and performance
Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE)
Learning to finish: A best practices "Wiki" sponsored by the Pew Partnership
Promoting college access and success: A review of credit-based transition programs
The relationship between career development and educational development: A selected review of the literature
New Technology Foundation
Making opportunity affordable: Reinvesting in college access and success
Working together: Aligning state systems and policies for individual and regional prosperity
Promising practices: School to career and postsecondary education for foster care youth
Middle Start
Improving literacy outcomes for English language learners in high school: Considerations for states and districts in developing a coherent policy framework
Orange juice or orange drink? Ensuring that "advanced courses" live up to their labels
College learning for the new global century
Childcare and early childhood education: More information sharing and program review by HHS could enhance access for families with limited English proficiency
Early childhood investment yields big payoff
The career pathways how-to guide
Academic interventions to help states meet rigorous standards: Policy options
College access: A framework for systemic program development
LearnMore Indiana Resource Center
Using EPAS™ to evaluate school-based intervention programs: GEAR UP
Quality counts 2007: From cradle to career: Connecting education from birth through adulthood (Indiana state report)
U.S. student and adult performance on international assessments of educational achievement
Realizing the college dream (English and Spanish versions)
Expanding opportunities: Postsecondary career and technical education and preparing tomorrow’s workforce
All students college-ready: Findings from the Foundation's education work, 2000-2006
Transitioning adults to college: Adult basic education program models
Building bridges to college and careers: Contextualized basic skills programs at community colleges
Building pathways to success for low-skill adult students: Lessons for community college policy and practice from a longitudinal student tracking study
Building academic skills in context: Testing the value of advanced math learning in career and technical education