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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet Statewide Integrated Data Sharing System (June 2009)

In June 2008, Governor Deval Patrick released his Education Action Agenda, a comprehensive strategic plan that charts the course for the next phase of education reform in Massachusetts. The Action Agenda set as a primary goal the creation of an integrated system of education to meet the learning needs of every student in the Commonwealth, thus providing all students with the supports and skills necessary to meet the state‚??s rigorous educational standards, and to help them become successful and productive members of the workforce and their communities. Governor Patrick established the Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet (the Cabinet), comprised of the Secretariats of the state agencies, with primary responsibility for serving children, youth and families. In April 2009, Public Consulting Group (PCG) was retained to clarify the crossagency vision for a statewide integrated data sharing and reporting system as outlined by the Governor and the Readiness Cabinet, and to draft a strategic plan with action‚?Őoriented recommendations to help the Cabinet begin to make concerted, measurable efforts toward achieving its vision.

What We Must Do to Create a System That Prepares Students for College Success

An ever-increasing proportion of high school students in the United States today aspire to graduate from college. Yet statistics indicate that the percentage of college students receiving bachelor‚??s degrees has remained relatively constant over the past 25 years, that it now takes on average 6 years to get a four-year college degree, and that somewhere between 30 percent and 60 percent of students now require remedial education upon entry to college, depending on the type of instruction they attend. Also, over the past 25 years, SAT and ACT scores have risen only slightly in math and have been relatively constant in reading, high school grade point average has gradually risen, and the proportion of students taking college preparatory courses has grown as well. Given these statistics, what must be done to create a more aligned educational system that prepares students for college success? This paper tells you how.

Expanding Education Options for Struggling Students and Disconnected Youth: Lessons from the National Youth Employment Coalition Learning Exchanges- January 2009
In 2008, the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) convened teams of local and state leaders representing 13 communities in 10 states for cross-site meetings focused on developing expertise and building capacity to re-engage youth who are struggling in or have dropped out of high school and to connect them to education and career opportunities. This document provides a distillation of the major themes discussed in the NYEC Learning Exchanges. January 2009
Toward a Brighter Future: An Essential Agenda for America's Young People - September 2008

These policy recommendations for the 111th Congress and the incoming President will begin to help lift children out of poverty and poor health, keep them safe, elevate our educational system to equip children for the 21st century, and engage youth in the nation's communities. Making the changes proposed in this document can save money, improve health, strengthen families, produce a more educated workforce for coming decades, and lay a base for an America that will thrive into the next century. - September 11, 2008

Preparing High School Students for Successful Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Employment (August, 2008)

This issue brief highlights lessons from selected policies and programs designed to improve students' preparation for postsecondary pathways. The publication summarizes core characteristics of popular interventions in a user-friendly chart, poses overarching implementation questions and challenges, and includes considerations for students with disabilities. The brief notes that a number of promising approaches are available to improve transitions out of high school, but cautions that effective implementation is key.
Author: Michael Bangser.

Lost in Transition: Building a Better Path from School to College and Careers - 2008
The nation's work force will be in jeopardy unless all high school students are better prepared for college study and today's highly skilled workplace, a new SREB report says. Many high schools in SREB states focus primarily on students who plan to enroll in four-year colleges, overlooking the students who will enter community colleges, technical schools or the job market. As a result, many students are dropping out of high school and are on a lifetime path to low-wage jobs or unemployment, notes Lost in Transition: Building a Better Path from School to College and Careers.  The report recommends actions SREB states can take to encourage all students to prepare for the challenges ahead. It is based on discussions by nearly 500 state leaders at forums sponsored by SREB and the League for Innovation in the Community College.
The Connection Strategy: Preparing Young People to Succeed in College and Beyond - 2007
The Connection Strategy: Preparing Young People to Succeed in College and Beyond describes the P-16 approach of linking education strategies from preschool through college graduation to better prepare low-income minority students.  Discusses academic content, state policy strategies, and P-16 network efforts in Atlanta.  Author: Jehl, Jeanne.  Annie E. Casey Foundation.  (2007)
State and District-Level Support for Successful Transitions into High School (May 2007)
This policy brief examines how some states and districts are currently easing the transition into high school for students. Initiatives in Indiana; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Virginia; Georgia; Minnesota; California; New York; and South Carolina are described.  Some of these initiatives include statewide longitudinal data systems, Talent Development high school model, graduation coaching, small learning communities, dropout prevention, career guidance, and Career Academies. (May 2007)
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