Fusing Career, Academic Skills Benefits Students, Study Finds

A California initiative that blends rigorous academics with career preparation helps students earn more credits in high school and have greater confidence in their career and life skills than their peers in regular programs, according to a new study of the initiative.

The study by SRI International, released Tuesday, is the fifth in a series of annual reports on the Linked Learning initiative. It finds that in addition to earning more credits and being more confident in their skills, students in the program are also more likely to stay enrolled in their districts through high school, and more likely to experience their instruction as rigorous and connected to the world outside school.