ERIC Number: ED454592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, Educational Opportunities, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Legislators, Preschool Education, Public Education
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: http://www.ecs.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: Foreword by Julie Davis Bell.