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Preparing Pennsylvania’s Youth for Success in a 21 st Century Economy. Who is PPC?. Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Advocacy organization Independent, non-profit Prevention-focused, research-based
Ready By 21™ is committed to youth-centered public policies and programs designed to ensure that all Pennsylvanians aged 12-21 have equitable access to high quality education and support services that meet their needs and builds on their aspirations; that prepares them to earn a family-sustaining wage, be active citizens, lifelong learners, and enjoy healthy physical,
social and emotional health.
1. Secondary academic success
2. Positive use of out-of-school time
3. Career preparation and workforce development
4. Comprehensive services with linkages to appropriate health and human services
(Source: Pennsylvania Workforce Development, 2004 CPS)
Source: NCES, Remedial Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions in Fall 2000,
Students not returning for year 2
(Source: Mortensen, T.; November 1999. Postsecondary Opportunity as presented by The Education Trust.)
Of high school graduates nationwide entering four-year institutions, just over six in 10 earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.
(Source: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2006)
Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA 2003 Results, data available at http://www.oecd.org/
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002
Craig Barrett, INTEL CEO 2004
“High school graduates must be prepared for a 21st century global economy. Traditional metrics are no longer sufficient indicators of student preparedness. A more meaningful, ambitious high school reform agenda can only be reached when high schools succeed in preparing every student for today’s global challenges by aligning their improvement efforts with results that matter – mastery of core subjects and 21st century skills.”
(Source: Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and G. Thomas Houlihan, exec. director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, in Education Week, May 17, 2006.)
1. Emphasize core subjects (English, reading or language arts, math, science, foreign languages, civics, economics, arts, history & geography);
2. Emphasize learning and soft skills (information and communication skills, thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal and self-directional skills);
3. Use 21st century tools to develop learning skills (digital information and communication technologies);
4. Teach and learn in a 21st century context- students need to learn academic content through real-world examples, applications and experiences both inside and outside of school;
5. Teach and learn 21st century content (global awareness, financial, economic and business literacy, civic literacy);
6. Use 21st century assessments that measure 21st century skills – sophisticated balance of assessments. (Source: Learning for the 21st Century)
Source: Employment Policy Foundation tabulations of Bureau of Labor
Statistics / Census Current Population Survey data; MTC Institute.
National Summit on 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs
By 2014, PPC has helped Pennsylvania move into position as one of the top 10 states
in the nation to be a child
and to raise a child.
Youth Policy Director