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Making Progress Through California Multiple Pathways: Findings From the ConnectEd Network of Schools Evaluation 2007-2008

Published: September 2009

Publisher(s): James Irvine Foundation

Funder(s): James Irvine Foundation

Related Organization(s): MPR Associates

View Report (16 pages; 2.20MB; PDF)

Area of focus: Preparation for College


California Multiple Pathways helps students gain an advantage in high school, college, and career by connecting strong academics with real-world experience in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedical and health. This report outlines the evaluation of ConnectEd Network Schools participating in the program during the 20072008 academic year and the fall of 20082009.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

+ High school graduation rates in the multiple pathway programs exceeded the California state average.

+ Thirty-five percent of participating students met the eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California and California State University postsecondary systems.

+ Multiple pathway students in the Network were also more likely than other California students to pass the California High School Exit Exam on their first attempt in 10th grade.

+ Hispanic and African American Network students were more likely to score proficient or advanced in English, history, and physical science subjects compared to Hispanic and African American students statewide.

+ Students and teachers at Network schools said they believed that student attitudes were much more positive when compared to other programs they had been part of. Students appreciated the freedom to make choices about their studies, demonstrated self-confidence and motivation, and worked well together in the close-knit programs.

= Network students as a group performed similarly to other students statewide on exams in English, history, and several of the physical sciences.

- Most sites are still working toward true integration of rigorous academic and technically demanding content, which is key to the success of the programs.

Geographic Focus: California

Subjects/Keywords: College Preparation; low-performing schools; educational standards; school reform

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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