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									                          March 3, 2008




The Commonwealth Readiness Project

           High School Plus
         Subcommittee Report
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Table of Contents
Area of Focus #1: Multiple Pathways

   Strategic Goal 1: Enable all students to continue the process of choosing a postsecondary path in 11th grade
   Strategic Goal 2: Expand dual enrollment across many more sites, and use as “bridge to college” and “head
                     start on college”
   Strategic Goal 3: Provide intensive mentoring, guidance and support services appropriate to the needs of all
                     students

Area of Focus #2: Alignment

   Strategic Goal 1: Ensure that curriculum is aligned with success in both college and the 21st century
                     workplace
   Strategic Goal 2: Ensure that assessment is aligned with success in both college and the 21st century
                     workplace

Area of Focus #3: Measuring Success

   Strategic Goal 1: Create a longitudinal student data system that links P-12, community colleges,
                     four year institutions, workforce development, and employment system and is
                     used routinely to help improve student outcomes

Area of Focus #4: Affordability

   Strategic Goal 1: Provide funds to enable emerging Massachusetts students to complete Associates
                     Degree, Credential or Apprenticeship regardless of social or economic standing

Area of Focus #5: Governance

   Strategic Goal 1: Create a unified system of public education governance
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Area of Focus #1: Multiple Pathways
Strategic Goal 1:
Enable all students to continue the process of choosing a post-secondary path in 11th grade



             Action                          S/L         Lead                  Target                         Progress
                                                                                Date                         Benchmarks
Restructure 11th and 12th grades to better   S/L   Governor                  September 2012   *Information on all existing programs is disseminated to
assess, support, engage and direct all             Secretary                                  high school and college community personnel, with
students towards successful post-                  Community Colleges                         names/numbers of contact person
secondary careers                                                                             *Community colleges and high schools will establish
                                                   High Schools
                                                                                              protocol to assess career- and college-readiness at the
                                                                                              beginning of 11th grade, and work as a team to remediate
                                                                                              students, as needed
                                                                                              *Clear goals in piloting the restructuring effort each year for
                                                                                              next three years (e.g., number of schools involved,
                                                                                              percentage goal implementing program design (i.e., house
                                                                                              system)), and mechanism in place to assess progress

Increased curriculum relevance                S    Department of Education   September 2010   *Clear guidelines on instructional strategies broadened to
(contextualize, electives that deepen              High Schools                               connect to real-world applications, and the rate of adoption
student understanding of world)                    Curriculum Leadership/                     expected each year
                                                   Teachers                                   *Clear goals regarding the professional development
                                                                                              provided to schools organizing around pathways
                                                                                              *Funding for Career Pathways programming is allocated in
                                                                                              Governor‟s FY „10 budget

Implement intensive, accountable,             S    Department of Education   September 2009   *Professional development programs provided to instructors
classroom-based career and college                 High Schools                               *Clear policy from state regarding ”readiness” concepts to
guidance, starting in 11th grade, to               Community Colleges                         be integrated into the current curricula
complement broader-based career and
college exploration in earlier grades.

Proactively adopt/champion workforce          S    Secretary                 September 2009   *“Readiness” value incorporated into the mission statement
readiness, in addition to college                  High Schools                               of high schools and community colleges
readiness                                          Community Colleges
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Area of Focus #1: Multiple Pathways
Strategic Goal 2:
Expand dual enrollment across many more schools, and use as “bridge to college” and “head start
on college”

               Action                            S/L        Lead                  Target              Progress
                                                                                   Date              Benchmarks
Ensure dual enrollment extends to all             S    Department of         January 2009   *Clear guidelines from state on student eligibility
students, not just students heading to four-           Education                            *Clear policy from state regarding universal
year colleges                                          High Schools                         participation by public postsecondary
                                                       Community and Four-                  institutions;
                                                       Year Colleges                        *Outreach to parents and students regarding
                                                                                            dual enrollment availability
                                                                                            *Funding incentives that promote college and
                                                                                            high school collaboration;
                                                                                            * Funding incentives that remove cost barriers
                                                                                            to low-income or all students

Adopt policies that make dual enrollment a        S    MA Legislature        January 2009   *Funding from legislature based on clear goals
high status route (e.g., create incentives for         Department of                        regarding need and demand;
students to take courses in general education          Education                            *Governance structure for P-16 coordination in
core; ensure state data system tracks student          Commissioner of                      place and committed to strengthening dual
outcomes and state monitors program quality)           Education                            enrollment as quality option
                                                                                            *Simplification of credit accumulation and credit
                                                                                            transfer policies

Increase number of articulation agreements,      S/L   Community and Four-   2009 - 2012    *Clear goals for increased number of
including occupational curriculum articulation         Year Colleges                        agreements each year for next three years, and
(so dual enrollment is a route for CTE                 Unions                               mechanism in place to identify new programs
students to gain college credit)                       High Schools                         for articulation
 Area of Focus #1: Multiple Pathways                                                                                                                          5

 Strategic Goal 3:
 Provide intensive mentoring, guidance and support services appropriate to the needs of all students

                 Action                                S/L         Lead                  Target                     Progress
                                                                                          Date                     Benchmarks
Establish minimum 1 FTE Career Readiness                S    Governor                  September 2010   *Legislative language and funding is in Governor‟s
Counselor position in every MA high school, with             Secretary                                  FY ‟10 Budget
a role distinct from that of general guidance                MA Legislature                             *Career Readiness Counselor positions defined
counselor                                                                                               and filled

Utilize school/community pathways to Success by         S    Commonwealth              September 2010   *Every school district involved in School/
21 networks to expand and strengthen alternative             Corporation                                Community P21 network planning
programs and resources for youth who are                     Workforce Investment                       *Existing alternative education programs/
dropping out, or at-risk of dropping out of school           Boards (WIBs)                              resources inventoried and gaps identified
                                                             Community-based                            *Resources allocated to fill critical needs in each
                                                             Organizations                              region for alternative routes to college/work
                                                             High Schools
                                                             Gateway to College

By the end of 10th grade, have an assessment            S    High Schools              September 2010   *Student plan development is underway
and plan in place for every student to pass MCAS             Career Development                         *Career development assessment/activities
if they have not already, and acquire work                   Liaisons working with                      underdevelopment
readiness and/or technical skills that will ensure a         WIBs/School-to-Career                      *System is in place for students to make
smooth transition to postsecondary                           Department of Education                    curriculum/program choices
education/training
                                                             MCAS grants

Ensure that no students leaves 12th grade               L    School counselors         2012-2018        *Process for developing post-graduation plans
without a plan in place for continued education,                                                        established
training, and/or employment, and a responsible                                                          *Post-graduation plans are in place for each
adult in family, community or educational entity                                                        student
invested in helping students take that step                                                             *Responsible entity/adult identified as mentor

Increase Community College student support              S    Community Colleges        September 2010   *Funding is in Governor‟s FY „10 budget for
services:                                                                                               mentor/advisors
- Intensive Freshman Orientation                                                                        *Increased Fall-to-Spring retention rates (4-7%
- Advising/Mentoring                                                                                    each year)
- Career/transfer guidance for 2nd year students                                                        *Establish appropriate transfer metrics
                                                                                                        *Increase in secondary year students retention and
                                                                                                        graduation rates
                                                                                                        *Increased Community College to 4-year college
                                                                                                        transfer rates
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Area of Focus #2: Alignment
Strategic Goal 1:
Ensure that curriculum is aligned with success in both college and the 21st Century workplace

                    Action                                  S/L        Lead                Target                    Progress
                                                                                            Date                    Benchmarks
Use MA Work-Based Learning Plan to link                      S    Workforce Investment   September 2009   *School-to-Career connecting activities expanded
career/academic skill development for all youth                   Boards (WIBs)                           to every MA high School (currently in 50% of MA
                                                                  High Schools                            high schools)
                                                                                                          *Common vision of School-to-Career shared as
                                                                                                          necessary and appropriate for all youth

Create a Business/Education Task Force in each               S    Workforce Investment   September 2009   *Representative of every high school assigned to
region as a sub-committee of the WIB for the                      WIBs                                    Business/Education Task Force
business community and educators to develop                       Employers                               *Identification of appropriate Grade 11/12
consensus on state‟s overall point of view and                    High Schools                            pathways is underway
definition of education/ training needed for college                                                      *Consensus published and communicated
and the 21st Century workplace, including technical               Colleges
jobs that require less than a four year degree, but
more than a high school diploma

Ensure that regional Career and Technical Education          S    MA Legislature         September 2010   *Comprehensive high schools students are able
system is fully-utilized (afternoons/evenings,etc.) as            Department of                           to take courses and programs at regional voc-
a vehicle for supporting career preparation for all               Education                               techs through alternative scheduling
youth

Partner with industry to provide internships and other       S    Career Development     July 2009        *Potential job shadow, internships, part-time job
school-to-career/exposure opportunities                           Liaisons                                placement identified are in each region
                                                                  WIBs

Integrate 21st century skills into the first two years of    S    Community Colleges     January 2010     * Business/Education Task Force reviews
all public higher education to ensure job readiness                                                       curricula
upon graduation                                                                                           *Continual review and refine of curricula to
                                                                                                          ensure that it is aligned with needs of the
                                                                                                          business community

For high schools focusing on career pathways,                S    High Schools           September 2011   *Clear goals regarding professional development
develop contextualized learning in each identified                                                        are provided to structure schools around Career
pathway and variety of electives which broaden and                                                        Pathways
deepen student understanding                                                                              *Funding for Career Pathways programming is in
                                                                                                          Governor‟s FY ‟11 Budget
Area of Focus #2: Alignment                                                                                                                     7

Strategic Goal 2:
Ensure that assessment is aligned with success in both college and the 21st Century workplace


                       Action                                S/L       Lead         Target                 Progress
                                                                                     Date                 Benchmarks
Align high school and postsecondary assessment and testing   S/L   High Schools    2011-2015      *Pre-college assessment process is designed
methods                                                            Postsecondary                  and implemented at the 11th grade level.
                                                                   Institutions




Provide Accuplacer testing for all 11th graders to ensure     S    High Schools    January 2010   *100% of 11th graders complete Accuplacer
college readiness by graduation                                                                   exam
                                                                                                  *100% of those students needing remediation
                                                                                                  receive it at high school
Area of Focus #3: Measuring Success                                                                                                                               8

Strategic Goal 1:
Create a longitudinal student data system that links P-12, community colleges, four year institutions,
workforce development, and employment system and is used routinely to help improve student outcomes

                Action                            S/L                 Lead                     Target                      Progress
                                                                                                Date                      Benchmarks
Create a longitudinal student data system that    S/L   MA Legislature                       2010-2018          *Student ID numbers uploaded to BHE system
enables the state and its institutions to track         Board of Higher Education (BHE)                         *Data will be updated and coordinated between
student progress and academic history during            Department of Education (DOE)                           DOE, BHE and other state agencies that
K-12 years, into postsecondary education and                                                                    provide services to students (e.g. DYS,
workforce training, and into the labor force.           Departments of Labor and Workforce
                                                        Development                                             institutional schools, Workforce Development)
                                                        Community Colleges                                      •Data on students‟ postsecondary progress and
                                                                                                                outcomes will be routinely shared with sending
                                                                                                                high schools
                                                                                                                *Reports on student achievement will be
                                                                                                                developed and published to meet the needs of
                                                                                                                users and inform the Legislature and the public
                                                                                                                about student performance

Link individual wage data from the state          S/L   MA Legislature                       2010-2015          *Unique student identifiers aligned with social
Unemployment Insurance system with                      Department of Education                                 security numbers, with appropriate safeguards
educational student data system so economic             Board of Higher Education                               for individual privacy
value of different pathways can be better                                                                       *Reports on economic value of different
understood                                              Departments of Workforce
                                                        Development and Labor                                   education pathways developed and published
                                                                                                                annually for use by state planners, districts,
                                                                                                                schools, WIBs, students and families

Purchase an online tool designed to transfer      S/L   MA Legislature                       2010-2015          *Funding is in Governor‟s FY „10 budget
credit easily among and between high schools            Department of Education                                 *Training provided to secondary and
and postsecondary institutions                          Board of Higher Education                               postsecondary staff to use tool


Align Student Support Services between high       S/L   High School Counselors               2011-2018          *School transition process designed, and in
schools and colleges                                    Student Affairs/Student Support                         place, to ensure matriculation and academic
                                                        Services at colleges                                    success for vulnerable populations (e.g., ELL)

Establish a structured process to ensure          S/L   School districts with parents        September 2009 -   *Middle school students and families are
alignment between academic and support                                                       2018               prepared for transition, and understand how to
services between middle and high schools                                                                        draw on appropriate resources
                                                                                                                *Create a parent academy to ensure that
                                                                                                                parents understand and can access support
                                                                                                                services for their children
Area of Focus #4: Affordability                                                                                                               9

Strategic Goal 1:
Provide funds to enable emerging Massachusetts students to complete Associates Degree, Credential
or Apprenticeship regardless of social or economic standing



                  Action                               S/L        Lead           Target               Progress
                                                                                  Date               Benchmarks

Increase Mass Cash Grant Program by $10 million        S/L   Secretary        2010 – 2018   *10,00 additional students gain access to funds
each year until finance needs of MA needy students           Governor                       to cover costs of attendance and who are
are met                                                      MA Legislature                 without burdensome loans each year




Allow part-time students in approved credential        S/L   Secretary        2010 – 2018   *Each year, there will be a 15% increase in the
and/or apprenticeship workforce readiness program            Governor                       number of students who enter workforce with
to access Mass Cash Grant Program                            MA Legislature                 job readiness skills




Support the Board of Higher Education Funding           L    BHE              2015          *Meeting the funding gap in seven years
Formula that fills the gap in enables a predictable,         Secretary
sustained revenue stream that will maintain the cost         Governor
of education (tuition and fees) and current (or
reduced) levels                                              MA Legislature



Provide incentive monies ($2 million each year) for    S/L   Secretary        2010 – 2018   *Five to ten new progressive consortium
colleges, CTE high schools, community agencies,              Governor                       agreements developed each year
WIBS and employers to design workforce and                   MA Legislature
apprenticeship programs, and/or drop out prevention
programs ($1:1 match)
Area of Focus #5: Governance                                                                                                      10

Strategic Goal 1:
Credit a unified system of public education governance

              Action                         S/L        Lead               Target            Progress
                                                                            Date            Benchmarks
Create Cabinet-level Education Officer        S    Governor         2008            *Appointment
(Secretary)




Create a seamless process to ensure credit    S    Secretary        December 2009   *Integration of system which ensures credit
transfer                                                                            transfer with ease




Hold high schools and postsecondary           L    MA Legislature   2015-2018       *Targeted school funding towards desired
institutions accountable for student               Governor                         outcomes
preparation and success                            Secretary

								
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