Linking Secondary and Postsecondary Systems: Lessons from Indiana (2009)


In February 2009, AYPF hosted a field trip to Indianapolis, Indiana showcasing cross linkages aimed at increasing the number of students prepared for, and attending, and succeeding in  postsecondary education and the world of work. Indiana has been a leader in its implementation of a college preparatory high school curriculum and its use of financial incentives and academic support strategies to foster a college-going culture across the state.  The trip highlighted Indiana’s cross-system collaboration to align high school education with skills and knowledge needed at the postsecondary level and in the workplace; use of acceleration mechanisms and other academic strategies to bridge the educational systems; innovative approaches for teacher preparation and professional development; and the state’s ongoing efforts to develop a data system linking K-12, higher education, and the labor market.


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