The multiple pathways approach to high school education combines rigorous academic learning and career skills to give students the intellectual and real-world experience to succeed in college, career and life. Growing evidence shows that the multiple pathways approach holds promise for increasing academic engagement and achievement, reducing high school dropout rates and boosting students' future earning power. The James Irvine Foundation engaged the Bridgespan Group to assess the state of the multiple pathways field in California and to make recommendations to strengthen it. Assessing California's Multiple Pathways Field: Preparing Youth for Success in College and Career offers findings and recommendations based on a newly developed framework that assesses the multiple pathways field based on five characteristics of strong fields.
- Successful Strategy: Exemplary programs have built awareness of the multiple pathways strategy and buy-in from key constituencies. Many believe the next step is large-scale, system-wide demonstrations.
- Successful Strategy: School-level demonstration programs have generated promising evidence of success.
- Successful Strategy: District, policy, and business leaders increasingly support the multiple pathways approach.
- Observation: Support from parents and students is an important component of bringing multiple pathways to scale.
- "Observation: Recommendations include: