December 9th Seminar: Expanding College-and-career Pathways for High School Students. What Does it Cost?

December 9
David Stern, University of California, Berkeley
Expanding College-and-career Pathways for High School Students: What Does it Cost?

To improve the preparation of California high school students for postsecondary education and careers, in 2006 the James Irvine Foundation launched a major initiative to develop what is now called the Linked Learning approach. The Foundation asked PACE to inform this effort by gathering evidence on the cost of Linked Learning programs. This seminar presents the results.

The Linked Learning strategy is based on previous studies, mainly on evaluations of career academies. Prior research found that combining academic and career-technical coursework in a small-school setting, with work-based learning related to classroom instruction, can produce positive outcomes for students during and after high school. The focus of this seminar is on costs, not on outcomes. David Stern of the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss how the study’s authors attempted to measure the actual resources that go into the programs, rather than relying on administrative budgets; focused on incremental rather than total costs; and distinguished between start-up and ongoing costs.

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