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Further Developing CA's Support System for Linked Learning in 2013
Spotlight: Launch of Linked Learning Pilot Program Means Great News for Thousands of CA Students
CA State Board of Ed Approves Sweeping Updates to Career Technical Education Standards
Watch This! GOOD Video: Linked Learning Brings Academics to the Real World
 
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Further Developing CA's Support System for Linked Learning in 2013

Christopher Cabaldon, Executive Director, Linked Learning Alliance

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2013 was a banner year for bringing high-quality Linked Learning to scale through state-level policy changes - and 2013 promises to be equally exciting.

 

The tremendous response from districts seeking to participate in the AB 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program reflects growing recognition that Linked Learning prepares students for college, careers, and life after graduation. The newly selected 63 local educational agencies join nine others districts already involved in the Linked Learning District Initiative. This is a giant leap of scale that will give many more students, in many more regions around the state, access to Linked Learning. Working with our partners at  ConnectEd, The California Center for College and Career, the National Academy Foundation, and the College and Career Academy Support Network, the Alliance is committed to supporting the participating pilot districts as they work with employers and community leaders to take Linked Learning to scale. 

 

The Governor's recently proposed 2013-14 state budget means more good news for Linked Learning, as overall funding for K-12 and higher education is proposed to increase. For K-12, per-pupil spending will increase an average of $300 next year. Postsecondary education would see a 10% funding increase in the General Fund.  

 

As part of the Governor's local funding flexibility proposal, base funding for high schools would be set higher than K-8 funding to account for their role in providing career technical education. In lieu of categorical reporting requirements, districts would be accountable for: having qualified teachers, instructional materials, and school facilities; providing programs or instruction that benefit low-income students and English language learners, and; implementing the Common Core State Standards and students' progress toward college and career readiness.

 

Policy work to improve our state accountability system also lies ahead. The Alliance has been invited by the Public School Accountability Act Advisory Committee and the California Department of Education to be close partners and advisors on  implementation of SB 1458, legislation approved last fall requiring changes to make California's Academic Performance Index (API) a better measure of college and career readiness.

 

As principles and guidelines are framed for the new API, we have an opportunity to push for the integration of robust measures of college and career readiness that align with the Linked Learning approach to improving student outcomes. 

Spotlight: Launch of Linked Learning Pilot Program Means Great News for Thousands of CA Students
 
Congratulations to the 63 districts and county offices of education selected to participate in the first year of the AB 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program! Combined, the selected local educational agencies serve approximately 600,000 high school students across the state of California. A full list of local educational agencies participating in the Pilot is available here
 
When the Pilot Program is fully implemented, Linked Learning will be available to more than one third of the state's high school students. Compared to students students in traditional high schools, Linked Learning students are graduating at higher rates, enrolling in colleges and universities in larger numbers, and even earning more in the four-year period after high school. Linked Learning students are also demonstrating strong performance on state tests. 
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CA State Board of Ed Approves Sweeping Updates to Career Technical Education Standards

 

Changes to California's career technical education (CTE) standards were recently approved by the State Board of Education, bringing further momentum to the state's educational focus on building 21st century skills in high school students and preparing them for college, careers and life. The new CTE standards, aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), include 59 pathways within California's 15 major industry sectors.

 

In line with Linked Learning's emphasis on integrated curriculum, the new CTE standards support student mastery of the CCSS within CTE courses, to ensure students graduate college and career ready. As schools and districts implement Linked Learning, the new CTE standards and the Common Core State Standards are resources to help educators, industry partners and policy makers develop a more holistic approach to education and increase student achievement across the state.

 

For more information on the CTE Model Curriculum Standards, click here.
Watch This! GOOD Video: Linked Learning Brings Academics to the Real World

 

Linked Learning students at Oakland Unified School District are getting an honest answer to, "Why do I need to know this?" See how their academic foundation combined with lessons around 21st century skills is enabling students to adapt to changes for years to come in this new GOOD Video: Linked Learning Brings Academics to the Real World featuring ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career.

 

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