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Promising Outcomes from Linked Learning

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April 1, 2014

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Promising Outcomes from Linked Learning

An evaluation of California's Linked Learning District Initiative by SRI International demonstrates that students in certified Linked Learning pathways gain more credits in the ninth and tenth grades, are more likely to be on track to earn the a-g credits needed for university eligibility in the state and express more confidence in their employability and critical thinking skills than their peers.

Linked Learning, which was launched in nine California districts in 2009, incorporates rigorous academics, real-world technical skills, work-based learning and personalized support, delivered through certified Linked Learning pathways.

SRI's analysts also identified key elements essential for Linked Learning success, including district structures and practices, external supports and key elements of Linked Learning pathways, such as:

  • Integrated, rigorous academic and technical coursework aligned to work-based learning
  • Supportive school leaders who make time in the school day for collaborative planning and for student cohorts to take classes together
  • Coordinators with enough time and resources to oversee and administer pathways
  • A team of committed teachers collaborating in a community of practice
  • Engaged advisory boards

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