With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there is a renewed emphasis on making sure all young people have access to high-quality educational opportunities that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. For states and districts, this means developing and holding accountable an array of high-quality educational options for vulnerable student populations, including alternative settings. The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is organizing a learning exchange and study tour for state leaders to explore how states can leverage opportunities under ESSA to create a system of high-quality alternative settings to serve all students.
Through site visits, panel presentations, and small group discussions, participants will gain an understanding of:
- Opportunities under ESSA to develop multiple pathways
- Opportunities and challenges that come with developing alternative programs and schools that meet the needs of their unique student bodies
- Policies to help facilitate development of high quality alternative settings including:
- Reengagement/Alternative Education for At-Risk Students
- Accountability & Assessment
- Student Supports
- Structured Pathways
Participants will leave with a better understanding of the conditions, especially accountability systems, that can ensure of broad range of multiple pathways, including alternative settings and an idea of how/what can be replicated in their own states.