South Carolina College and Career Readiness Toolkit

The South Carolina College and Career Readiness Toolkit was designed to foster conversation among leaders from school districts and higher education about what it means to be college and career ready, and to help develop action plans for new and strengthened partnerships. The Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness (the Center) worked with the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) to develop these materials in support of statewide comprehensive planning efforts. The toolkit has some information specific to South Carolina, but can serve as a model for all states and districts wishing to implement a comprehensive college and career readiness action plan.

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Connecting Credentials

As postsecondary credentials become a requirement for both access to a good job and advancement in a career, high school students want more value from their education—they want their education to provide them with more concrete evidence of learned skills. A recent Rethinking Credentials webinar, provided by the American Council on Education (ACE) on August…

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Rethinking College: Closing the Graduation Gap

Last week, PBS News Hour ran a weeklong series looking at innovations across the country that help more young people find their way through to a higher education degree or certification. As workforce demands increasingly require advanced education, low-income students are often shut out of opportunities. The reports covered key topics identified in EPIC’s Four…


EPIC’s August Newsletter Is Out!

Check out EPIC’s August newsletter (and past issues) on our newsletter page. We discuss how community and partnerships are central to the work that EPIC does, with examples from recent projects on developing CTE course equivalent frameworks, aligning district accountability plans to college and career readiness, and using design-centered events to get teacher and administrator…

College and Career Readiness Workshops, South Carolina

I recently had the opportunity to travel throughout South Carolina, leading workshops in Columbia, Charleston, and Rock Hill with my colleagues Rachel Farkas and Greg Hopper-Moore. The workshops were held in conjunction with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness at Francis Marion University. The workshops…

Journey Toward Deeper Learning: An Evaluation of the Roadtrip Nation Experience in San Jose PLUS Academies

This report describes the background, methods, and findings of a “deep dive” evaluation of Roadtrip Nation’s (RTN) high school program, the Roadtrip Nation Experience. The primary focus of the evaluation was RTN pilot implementation in three San Jose Unified School District PLUS Academies during the 2011–2012 academic year, supported by analysis of program curriculum and instructional materials.