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ERIC Number: ED454592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
What Is P-16 Education? A Primer for Legislators. A Practical Introduction to the Concept, Language and Policy Issues of an Integrated System of Public Education.
Van de Water, Gordon; Rainwater, Terese
A growing number of states are taking steps to transform three largely disconnected levels of public education--preschool, K-12, and postsecondary--into a more coherent, integrated system called P-16. P-16 is based on the concept of a seamless continuum of public education stretching from preschool to grade 16, culminating in a baccalaureate degree. Among the major goals of a P-16 system are expanding access to early learning for children ages 3 to 5; smoothing student transitions from one level of learning to the next; closing the achievement gap between white and minority students; upgrading teacher education; and improving college readiness and college success. Legislators are uniquely positioned to provide vision and leadership for P-16 initiatives in their states. They can play a crucial role in addressing shortcomings of the current system; exploring strategies for closing gaps and overcoming institutional resistance; and building consensus for change. This primer is a practical guide to a P-16 educational system. It contains a basic orientation to P-16 education, an overview of the varying definitions of P-16, and specific policy questions for legislators to consider. Appendices include a glossary of terms, a list of selected readings, and links to a variety of resources and materials on P-16. (RT)
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Number P16-01-01, $10). Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332l; Web Site:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Foreword by Julie Davis Bell.