Press Release: Antelope Valley Union High School District, Assembly Member Tom Lackey, and Linked Learning Alliance Celebrate Linked Learning Gold Certification of Educational Pathways
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- Rachel Zaentz, Linked Learning Alliance, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.525.986
- Kristina Ramos, Director of Personnel, Antelope Valley Union High School District, email@example.com, 661-948-7655 ext. 252
Lancaster, CA – Leaders from the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the Linked Learning Alliance joined Assembly member Tom Lackey today in congratulating two educational pathways for achieving Linked Learning Gold certification. The pathways – Biomedical Science Academy at Eastside High School and Multimedia and Engineering Academy at Lancaster High School – are among the first in the nation to achieve this distinction.
Linked Learning pathways integrate rigorous academics with technical coursework that is relevant to the needs of local employers, offer students work-based learning experiences aligned with their classes, and provide support services to help students graduate ready for entry into college and career. Gold certification is based on evidence that a pathway successfully integrates these core components of the Linked Learning approach. It is the Linked Learning field’s highest standard for college and career preparation.
"We are so proud that the Biomedical Science Academy and the Multimedia and Engineering Academy have achieved Linked Learning Gold certification"
David Vierra, Superintendent Antelope Valley Union High School District
“We are so proud that the Biomedical Science Academy and the Multimedia and Engineering Academy have achieved Linked Learning Gold certification,” said David Vierra, Superintendent Antelope Valley Union High School District. “All students deserve an engaging learning experience that sets them up for a full range of options after high school. We work closely with industry partners to integrate academic preparation with rigorous real-world training to prepare students for college and career. We look forward to celebrating Gold distinction for each of our academies in the coming years.”
Certification is based on a series of standards identified by leaders in the Linked Learning field as important for improving student outcomes and preparing all students for college and career. Districts seek certification from the Linked Learning Alliance to validate the quality of their college and career pathways. Pathways gain Silver certification when they establish the core components of Linked Learning and achieve Gold certification when they demonstrate high-quality implementation of these components and equitable opportunities for all students.
“Congratulations to the Biomedical Science Academy and the Multimedia and Engineering Academy,” said Assemblymember Tom Lackey. “Our state and national economies increasingly demand that people have degrees or higher-level skills. This is why the state of California is orienting public school funding and accountability policies with our goal of college and career readiness for all students. Thank you for exemplifying how this can be accomplished in an equitable way.”
There are currently 12 Gold Linked Learning pathways in California and hundreds of Silver certified pathways striving for Gold.
Research by SRI International shows that Linked Learning benefits students in urban, rural, and suburban settings. When compared with their peers in traditional high school programs, students in quality Linked Learning pathways complete more college preparatory courses, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are more likely to graduate within four years. Students entering 9th grade with low achievement scores demonstrate greater academic success in certified Linked Learning pathways and are more likely to enroll in college immediately after high school. In addition, English language learners in certified Linked Learning pathways earn more credits compared with their peers in traditional high school programs. Among African American students and students with low prior achievement who enroll in college, those in Linked Learning are more likely to enroll in a four-year rather than a two-year institution.
The Linked Learning approach, piloted in nine California districts a decade ago, is now embraced as the high school strategy for a growing number of districts across the state. Today, Linked Learning is working in more than 100 California school districts, with 550 pathways operating in 225 high schools. The approach is also taking hold in 19 other states, including Michigan, Massachusetts, Texas, Oregon, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.
“The Antelope Valley Union High School District is a true pioneer in ensuring all students are ready for both college and career”
Anne B. Stanton, President of the Linked Learning Alliance
“The Antelope Valley Union High School District is a true pioneer in ensuring all students are ready for both college and career,” said Anne B. Stanton, President of the Linked Learning Alliance. “The magic of Linked Learning is what we call the power of plus. When we combine college and career preparation, we put every student in position to successfully pursue a full range of postsecondary options. By the time a pathway gets to Gold, you can see how Linked Learning ignites students’ passions. Students work harder and dream bigger because their education is relevant to their communities and lifelong aspirations.”
Antelope Valley Union High School District
Nestled in the high desert an hour north of Los Angeles, AVUHSD is the largest geographical district in Los Angeles county, serving approximately 23,000 students and employing 2,300 faculty and staff. The district encompasses eight comprehensive high schools, an early college high school on the Antelope Valley College campus, three alternative high schools, the no cost charter Academy Prep Junior High, an online education program, and Antelope Valley Adult Education.
Linked Learning Alliance
The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life. Established in May 2008, the Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning—an approach to high school that integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities in fields of engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more. www.linkedlearning.org