College and Career Ready in the 21st Century: Making High School Matter

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More than half of 9th graders in the United States will never complete a college degree. High schools must do more than prepare some students for college: They must prepare all American youth for productive lives as well as continued learning beyond high school. In this timely volume, two educational leaders advocate for a more meaningful high school experience. To accomplish this, the authors argue that we need to change the focus of our current high school reform efforts from "college for all" to "careers for ...

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More than half of 9th graders in the United States will never complete a college degree. High schools must do more than prepare some students for college: They must prepare all American youth for productive lives as well as continued learning beyond high school. In this timely volume, two educational leaders advocate for a more meaningful high school experience. To accomplish this, the authors argue that we need to change the focus of our current high school reform efforts from "college for all" to "careers for all." This work shows how schools can prepare young people both for the emerging workplace and postsecondary education.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807753231
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 586,832
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Rhetoric and Meaningful High School Reform 1

The Rhetoric 2

More Is Not Better-It May Be Worse 3

A Career-Focused Approach to Making High School Matter 7

Summary 13

2 College and Career Ready for the 21st Century 14

Defining College and Career Ready 15

Signaling the Labor Market 19

Academic Skills Needed to be College and Career Ready 21

Multiple Pathways, Multiple Ways of Winning 30

How Other Nations Prepare Their Youth 34

Career Guidance: The Missing Link 36

Summary 50

3 Student Engagement: The Necessary Condition 52

High-Stakes Testing 53

CTE and High School Graduation 57

International Comparisons 68

Summary 69

4 Developing the Skills Required in the Workplace 71

The Power of Contextualized Learning 72

Why is Integration So Rare? 74

School-Level Approaches to Curriculum Integration 76

Theory-Driven Approaches to Curriculum Integration 89

Core Principles 106

Two Underutilized Pedagogies 108

Summary 112

5 Transitioning to Successful Adulthood 114

Previous Efforts to Link Secondary CTE and Postsecondary Education 115

Earning Postsecondary Credits While in High School 132

Current Research on Programs of Study 141

Summary 145

6 Jobs and Earnings: Credentials Matter 147

Middle-Skill Occupations 148

The Impact of CTE on Earnings 153

An Alternative to the Dropout Track 160

Summary 165

7 Building the System and Delivering the Curriculum 166

Building a Career and College System 167

Is This Future Possible? 168

Delivering a Career and College Curriculum 176

Summing Up 178

Notes 181

References 184

Index 205

About the Authors 216

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