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ERIC Number: EJ794738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
P-16 Education: Where Are We Going? Where Have We Been?
Chamberlin, Molly; Plucker, Jonathan
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n7 p472-479 Mar 2008
One education reform that has the potential to leave its mark on education for many years is the P-16 initiative. The name refers to the range of "grades" included, beginning with preschool and running through the postsecondary undergraduate years. Though such efforts are most commonly called P-16, they are in some cases referred to as P-20 (or K-20) to demonstrate the importance of preparing a highly skilled work force in the years beyond undergraduate education. P-16 systems are intended primarily to smooth transitions between the different levels of education and into the work force. In this article, the authors provide a detailed overview of the reform's objectives, the mechanisms used to create P-16 systems, and the progress that specific states have made toward achieving the ideal of "seamlessness." (Contains 18 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Indiana