ERIC Number: ED469339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Case for P-16: Designing an Integrated Learning System, Preschool through Postsecondary Education.
This policy brief summarizes the thinking of eight essays by national experts commissioned by the Education Commission of the States to explore why and how states are redesigning their education systems for the benefit of all learners. P-16 is a shorthand term for a student-focused, comprehensive and integrated system that links all education levels from preschool (P) through the senior year of college (16). The essays this paper synthesizes touch on key issues of early childhood care and education, K-12 pathways to college, assessments, teacher quality, costs, and policy options. A P-16 system has the potential to produce tangible benefits such as: (1) all children have access to high-quality preschool programs; (2) learning becomes more individualized; (3) all students have access to a rich, challenging curriculum and are expected to achieve at high levels; (4) the gap in achievement between minority and white students narrows; (5) exit requirements at one level of the education system match entrance requirements at the next, and assessments strengthen and support those connections; (6) students fully understand the productive role they play as citizens of a democracy; and (7) the education system is in sync with changing workforce needs. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Integrated Activities, Minority Groups, Preschool Education
Education Commission of the States Distribution Center, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460 (No. P16-02-01, $4 plus postage and handling). Tel: 303-299-3692.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: Written with the assistance of Terese Rainwater and Spud Van de Water.