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Linked Learning Landscape: California and the U.S.
What is • Linked Learning?
Linked Learning District Initiative • 9 CA Districts, including Long Beach • First six district grants renewed for two more years (incl. Long Beach) • 25 Pathways certified; 25 more to be certified in next two years • Pathway criteria revised to strengthen focus on equity and on teaching and learning
Federal Linked Learning Landscape • Specific LL legislation being introduced by Sen. Casey (D-PA). • Possible LL legislation in the House • Linked Learning language incorporated into various labor and education related Senate bills, including ESEA legislation • Strong Bipartisan CTE Caucus
Federal Carl Perkins Legislation • $1.25 billion annually to fund CTE • 2012 reauthorization goals • Increased focus on integrating academics through project-based learning • Better technical skill assessments • Greater role for district systemic reform • Better data systems linking secondary and post-secondary outcomes • Transferability of dual enrollment credits
Linked Learning LandscapeAcross the Nation • Due to Perkins, States have rapidly expanded implementation of career clusters… • Florida • Pennsylvania • Colorado • California
California Linked Learning Landscape • Wide support for Linked Learning • Included in SSPI Tom Torlakson’s “Blueprint” for Reform • Green academies only new money for education this year • AB2648 – Multiple Pathways to Student Success • SB547 – Transformation of CA API
CA Blueprint for Great Schools Challenge: By 2025, CA will be short 1,000,000 college educated workers unless we change our current system • Increase alignment of K-12 & post-secondary • Remove barriers to dual enrollment • Create strong linked learning pathways • Modernize a-g requirements
California - SB 547 • Sponsored by Darryl Steinberg, State Senate Leader • Changes API to a new multiple measures system called the Education Quality Index (EQI) in 2013-14 • For high school, the EQI includes indices for state assessments, graduation rate, college preparedness, and career readiness