Linked Learning Gold Certification

Linked Learning Certification promotes the continuous improvement of Linked Learning pathways to provide proven high-quality integrated learning experiences and positive student outcomes for all student populations. Gold certification represents the highest quality standard for Linked Learning pathways and brings valued public recognition of the exemplary work being done by Linked Learning pathway staff, students, and partners.

gold standards

The Linked Learning Gold Certification standards emphasize college and career learning experiences and equitable outcomes for all students. The Gold standards were developed and piloted by teachers, counselors, administrators, and students in Linked Learning pathways, and with input from technical assistance providers, educational equity experts, and industry and post-secondary partners. They emphasize cross-subject, student-centered learning with strong career and postsecondary integration, combined with student supports that ensure equitable opportunities for all students.

going for gold

Pathways seeking Gold certification in the 2020–21 academic year may apply for any of the following cycles using this application form. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Gold certification is valid for four years, with a two-year interim reporting requirement which involves collaborative work with the Alliance to ensure pathway quality and fidelity. The purpose of the two-year check-in is to assess progress on areas of growth identified during the initial certification review. The check-in also involves a virtual review of evidence and data in those identified areas.

Linked Learning Gold Pathway

our goal:


“The biggest benefit was the opportunity to critically assess our program. [Gold certification] allowed us to look at ways to formalize our processes and keep the program growing for our students.”
linked learning gold pathway practitioner