A three-year effort led by the GSE’s College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) has resulted in a series of reports designed to offer guidance to, and encourage greater collaboration among educators, policy makers, and researchers by defining research priorities around the key issues impacting equity in student outcomes from college and career pathways.
College and career pathways are scaling up with a specific combination of interventions that research has shown address the opportunity gap and underlying causes of disparate high school outcomes. An increasing number of high schools combine career and technical education with rigorous academics, work-based learning, and integrated student supports in small, interdisciplinary learning communities to provide equitable access to postsecondary opportunities.
Yet education leaders face myriad challenges in changing inequitable school systems that were not designed for these interventions. Scaling up a redesign of education systems brings equity issues into stark relief. To define research priorities that could help practitioners and policymakers negotiate those issues, CCASN facilitated a unique consortium of ten research and policy organizations that collectively convened four innovative symposia.
These working symposia brought researchers from around the country together with practitioners, policy advocates, and other community stakeholders to examine research priorities around problems affecting equity in college and career pathways. The result is a series of reports that for the first time encompass the challenges at multiple levels, provide a roadmap for next steps, and promote collaborative, inclusive research approaches. Ultimately, this work advances the application of research to improve equity in student success.
Each symposium allowed attendees to deeply examine essential issues in scaling college and career pathways, and the resulting reports linked below offer the results. A synthesis of the four symposia will be forthcoming in late fall 2019, and the foundations for a national college and career pathway research network have been put in place.