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ERIC Number: ED560768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Why 12th Grade Must Be Redesigned Now--and How
Vargas, Joel
Jobs For the Future
This first report in a new series by Jobs For the Future (JFF) provides the rationale for restructuring 12th grade and tying it more tightly to the first year of college through new high school and college partnerships. The paper proposes a new common benchmark of readiness that high schools and colleges can work together to meet to ensure momentum toward earning postsecondary credentials. It also describes promising practices and addresses the formidable challenges of the inherent norms underlying our education systems that must be changed if we are to succeed in creating a shared transition zone. The paper concludes with ideas for how state policymakers and local practitioners can start the shift to a new normal. [Over several months in 2014-15, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, JFF convened groups of K-12 and postsecondary innovators and researchers to generate new strategies to strengthen what schools and colleges can do to put more 12th graders on a path to college and career success. This series reflects the collective wisdom of these groups. An appendix provides a list of group participants.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future