College and Career Transitions

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Iishe Davis, a sophomore at Scripps College, is working this summer at the college campus in Claremont, Calif. Originally from Louisville, Ky., Davis got guidance on choosing a college through Ivy Plus Academy, a special program at her high school.
—Patrick T. Fallon/Education Week

How One Teacher Makes 'Impossible' College Dreams Possible for Students

Many of Beau Baker’s brightest students in Louisville, Ky., entered high school thinking college was not for a first-generation kid like them. Baker is working to change that. (August 1, 2018)

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Spotlight on Graduation

In this Spotlight, see how schools are helping students reach their post-graduation goals, keeping English-Language Learners on track to graduate, and committing to higher graduation standards for all students.

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A changing economic landscape has schools preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow. In this Spotlight, learn how schools are launching effective apprenticeship programs, raising the bar on college readiness, and helping students reinvent themselves for future careers.

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K-12 schooling in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics offers the potential for innovative ways to inspire students—as well as obstacles that can prevent them from sustained success in those fields.

Career and Technical Education at a Crossroads
This three-part series takes on key challenges facing career-and-technical education programs as they attract a new wave of attention and support in schools across the country.

Literacy for the Workplace
The modern workplace is evolving and employers say that students need different kinds of literacy skills in order to thrive in it. Will English classes change in response?

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Schools are trying to forge stronger workforce connections in K-12 by revamping curriculum and school culture to help students explore potential careers.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
More than 17,000 schools use YouScience, a commercial aptitude assessment that seeks to gauge a test taker’s skills in areas such as idea generation and spatial awareness.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
Employers and teachers agree that creativity is a valued skill for the workplace, but they disagree on what it means to be creative.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
A handful of districts in upstate New York are moving career technical education classes to cutting-edge businesses so students can have more "authentic" learning experiences.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
Schools are slowly figuring out how to balance thinking globally with acting locally, and recognizing that some key skills are valuable no matter where students end up living.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
A new 41-country study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that students’ career expectations are stuck in the last century.
February 11, 2020 – Education Week
The nation’s largest public university is pushing to raise minimum standards for freshman admissions—a move that has galvanized opposition from advocates and some districts that argue it puts more roadblocks in the path of students who already struggle to meet current requirements.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Two new polls offer more evidence that Americans—and especially young Americans—are skeptical whether the investment in higher education is necessary or worth it.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
The nation’s high school students continue to struggle in the subject areas that are deemed essential for later success, according to the latest results from the ACT college admissions test.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
It may be a slow time for K-12 activity on Capitol Hill, but you can't say the same about higher education: In the last several weeks, both Democrats and Republicans have introduced bills designed to address college access, costs, and other policies.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week

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