Pathway to Success: Helping K-12 Students Get College and Career Ready
While U.S. students are graduating high school at the highest rate ever, questions remain about how well-prepared new diploma-holders are for what comes next. For instance, researchers estimate that roughly half of first-year college students must take remedial courses in key subjects like math and English. And nearly 6.2 million jobs remain unfilled, many of which require individuals with STEM skills that employers say they just can’t find enough of in the talent pool. In response, K-12 administrators, advocates, and policymakers are working to shore up education programs before grade 12 to give students the skills they need to compete in the workforce or the college classroom. The change is happening by improving teacher training, revamping standards and graduation requirements, integrating more experiential and hands-on learning, and K-12 schools teaming up with corporate and higher education partners on dual enrollment schools and other programs. Hear from several education leaders who have found success in equipping future graduates with the skills they need to compete.