Making it Real: How High Schools Can Be Held Accountable for Developing Students' Career Readiness

Svetlana Darche of WestEd
David Stern of the University of California Berkeley

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
UCCS Conference Room B, 1130 K Street (basement level), Sacramento

Lunch will be provided, so where possible please RSVP/give notice of cancellation no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the seminar – by 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday: Nick Romley at (916-557-9745).

Svetlana Darche

The seminar will be co-presented by the PACE publication authors, Svetlana Darche of WestEd and David Stern of the University of California Berkeley.


Svetlana Darche

David Stern

College and career readiness is the stated goal of the common core standards that have now been adopted by almost all the states. The Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2013 included a new name for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act: “college and career ready schools.” There is widespread agreement on the goal of preparing every high school graduate both for postsecondary education and for a lifetime of fulfilling work. The days of distinguishing “college-bound” from “non-college-bound” students are over; instead, high schools aim to give all students a range of options for postsecondary education and technical training that will lead to rewarding careers.

The question of what constitutes career readiness, and how that relates to college readiness, is the subject of much ongoing discussion. Our own view is that career readiness and college readiness entail many of the same skills, bodies of knowledge, and dispositions - but being ready for adult professional life is not exactly the same as being ready for postsecondary education. It may require more, as we will describe. Other groups and observers have come to this same conclusion (Conley et al., 2011; ConnectEd, 2012; Career Readiness Partner Council, 2012). All emphasize the importance of many transferable skills, in addition to those imparted by academic instruction or technical training, that will support long-term success through a lifetime of changing circumstances.


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