While the number of Linked Learning pathways serving California students is rapidly expanding, an important challenge for the field is to ensure that this massive increase in scale is accompanied by a commitment to pathway quality. Linked Learning delivers better outcomes for students when it is implemented with fidelity to the four integrated core components.
Rigorous academics that prepare students to take credit-bearing college-level courses and be university admissible upon graduation from high school, maximize articulation between high school and postsecondary programs of study, and facilitate and accelerate completion of postsecondary credentials, certificates, and degrees.
Technical training that is embedded through a sequence of classes and integrated with academic content standards, aligned with career opportunities in a variety of high-need, high-skill occupations, including opportunities for stackable certificates, credentials, or degrees, where relevant.
Work-based learning sequences that reach from middle school career awareness and exploration into postsecondary training and education, providing opportunities to apply core academic content and technical training, while developing the skills, competencies and dispositions that are critical to workplace success.
COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT SERVICES
Comprehensive support services that are embedded as central components of a program of study, address unique needs of individual students, and include academic and socio-emotional supports, to ensure equity of access, opportunity, and success.