How Members Are Prioritizing College & Career Readiness in 2019
December 11, 2018

2019 Outlook

Energy around college and career readiness efforts has greatly increased across the Network over the last two years. In large numbers, members are exploring ways for students to earn college credit during high school and gain access to meaningful experiences in high-demand industries. Additionally, members are increasingly focusing on their states’ higher education systems. Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.

Key Takeaways

  • Improving access to advanced coursework takes a variety of forms: AP, dual credit, and early enrollment. Most advocates working on higher education are exploring ways to increase access to these options.
  • In career and technical education, a growing number of advocates are exploring work-based learning opportunities and industry-specific credentials for students.

State Snapshot

Thirty-five PIE Network members in 24 states are planning to prioritize college & career readiness issues in 2019.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who plan to work on similar college & career readiness policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Eric for an introduction.

Advanced Coursework

  • AR Arkansas Learns: Weighting of concurrent credit and courses that leads to industry-relevant credentials same as AP
  • CO Democrats for Education Reform Colorado: Create an auto-enrollment policy for students enrolling in advanced classes if they meet or exceed state standards
  • CO Democrats for Education Reform Colorado: Subsidize IB courses for low-income students
  • IL Empower Illinois: Ensure school districts in Illinois are in compliance with the Accelerated Placement Act, and protect against efforts to repeal
  • IL Stand for Children Illinois: Pass a “Stop Illinois Brain Drain” package of bills to increase course access, improve CTE, and better align CTE programs with industry needs
  • KS/MO Aligned: Improve access to dual credit courses by removing geographic restrictions and reducing daily transportation to post-secondary institutions
  • KS/MO Aligned: Allow all Missouri & Kansas students access to free college-level courses taken prior to high school graduation
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Incentivize high schools to help students earn high value industry-recognized credentials
  • NC BEST NC: Improve advanced course placement policies
  • NY The Education Trust–New York: Advocate for equitable access to a robust college- and career-prep curriculum in middle and high schools, including supports such as guidance counselors and advanced coursework
  • TX Texas Aspires: Increase access to advanced math courses
  • WA Black Education Strategy Roundtable: Increase funding for advanced coursework program, known as Academic Acceleration program
  • WA DFER Washington: Expand access to college level coursework for systemically underserved students
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Expand dual credit/enrollment access for low-income students
  • WA Stand for Children Washington: Require and fund equitable dual credit enrollment policies statewide

Career Technical Education (CTE) & Work-Based Learning

  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Support expanding work-based learning policy
  • DE Rodel Foundation of Delaware: Support growth in pathways, including engaging employers to provide work-based learning opportunities for students
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Strengthen, promote, and align CTE, industry certification incentives, and accelerated HS courses including computer science and dual enrollment
  • HI HawaiiKidsCAN: Exempt internships in public schools from the state procurement process
  • HI HawaiiKidsCAN: Provide financial incentives to schools when students obtain industry certifications in high-growth industries
  • IL Empower Illinois: Build a coalition around CTE workforce shortage and establish a process for a statewide CTE audit
  • IL Stand for Children Illinois: Create grants to increase community business and education partnerships and pathway endorsements
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Close digital divide and make computer science count as graduation requirement
  • NJ JerseyCAN: Drive K-12 alignment with current and future workforce needs through advancement of computer science initiatives and agility initiatives
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Strengthen Ohio’s CTE efforts
  • TN Campaign for School Equity: Provide more CTE resources and supports for students across Tennessee
  • TN Stand for Children Tennessee: Provide support for developing quality career pathways for CTE
  • TX Texas Aspires: Modernize CTE programs
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Expand guided pathways to all of our state’s community and technical colleges

Higher Education

  • AR Arkansas Learns: Abolish service zones for two-year colleges and technical institutes
  • CA The Education Trust-West: Improve college affordability by increasing financial aid awards and access to existing awards for low-income students
  • GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Improve post-secondary affordability and access by establishing a needs-based aid program
  • ID Idaho Business for Education: Make postsecondary more affordable and accessible
  • KY Prichard Committee: Convene study groups on defining college affordability and high school to postsecondary transitions
  • OK Oklahoma Achieves: Expand access to programs that expedite credential attainment, college credit, and concurrent enrollment for students statewide
  • OR Stand for Children Oregon: Improve the transfer of credits to higher education
  • TX Educate Texas: Convene the Texas Student Success Council to address postsecondary success
  • WA DFER Washington: Expand state need grants and 2-year free college programs
  • WA League of Education Voters: Increase access to postsecondary opportunities through state need grant
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Expand guided pathways to all of our state’s community and technical colleges
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Increase the percentage of high school graduates enrolling in postsecondary education and/or training and completing financial aid

Comprehensive Policy Change Related to College and Career Readiness

  • AZ A for Arizona: Strengthen the 9-12 workforce pipeline
  • CA GO Public Schools: WCC: Begin a campaign focused on closing the gap between WCCUSD’s grad and college-readiness rates
  • CO Stand for Children Colorado: Freshman Success
  • ID Idaho Business for Education: Supportive pathways for students
  • IN Teach Plus Indiana: Collaborate with IDOE to conduct a case study of early adopter schools using graduation pathways
  • OR Stand for Children Oregon: Protect the fidelity of Measure 98
  • TN SCORE: Help every student in Tennessee discover successful routes to college, career, and opportunity
  • TN Stand for Children Tennessee: Expand freshman on track work with traditional schools and charter schools
  • TX Educate Texas: Address K-12/postsecondary linkages, portability of credits/credentials, and education workforce
  • WA Stand for Children Washington: Provide professional development and coaching for schools implementing 9th grade on-track programs
  • WA Stand for Children Washington: Require and fund 9th grade on-track programing statewide
  • Multiple States Foundation for Excellence in Education: Support legislation in more than two dozen states to expand access to college and career pathways for students with a focus on helping states better align these programs to workforce and postsecondary; significant CCP focus on states like AZ, NV, ID, TX, MS, AL, FL, MO, IL, IN

Graduation Requirements

  • CO DFER Colorado: Require FAFSA to be a part of high school graduation requirements
  • KY Prichard Committee: Ensure equity and quality in a more meaningful high school diploma

Expertise on this Issue

Advocates from across the Network have offered to thought partner on the following issues within this policy area:


Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.

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