The PAS Framework outlines foundational shifts in beliefs, practices, and structures required to improve postsecondary outcomes and perspectives for all young people to be able to embark on a meaningful career and achieve a family-sustaining wage.
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Using predictive indicators of postsecondary success to monitor school progress and provide support so ALL students can graduate high school prepared to thrive in pathways leading to meaningful careers: two- or four-year college, industry certification, or other substantial preparation.
Developing systems and structures that offer students and families the preparation, experiences, and guidance they need to make informed decisions for the future, and take necessary steps to navigate the complex world of postsecondary planning.
Creating effective, dynamic partnerships between K12 schools, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses that generate the vision, person power, resources, and shared information to support young people on the pathway to adult success.
Collecting, analyzing, and sharing meaningful data that enables institutions and collaborations to support young people effectively, monitor progress over time, and engage in continuous improvement cycles based on measurable outcomes.
Why we need to build better pathways to adult success
What the Data Says, Narrated By Robert Balfanz
Improve the future for America's youth
Provide equitable opportunities
HOW IT’S BEING DONE
Initiatives at all levels and in various areas — from expanded early warning systems to revised guidance approaches to collaborations with local business, non-profits, and colleges — have yielded insights of tremendous benefit to others exploring similar initiatives. In fact, a daunting amount of online and in-print information is available! With so many resources, where to start?
Starting something viable/ reasonable means starting something that is doable in the short term and is likely to produce early gains that help solidify buy-in; establish strong foundations for further development; and offer opportunities to evaluate and learn from early efforts.
Providing good postsecondary guidance involves helping students identify their interests and aptitudes, learn about career and academic opportunities that match those interests, and select courses they need to take in preparation.
Collaborating with stakeholders is crucial to make sure the education students receive is relevant to the postsecondary opportunities available, and helps them to gain the skills and mindsets for lifelong success.
Transition from a graduation-focused EWS to a focus on postsecondary success means taking a longer view of the mission of preK-12 schooling, so that the goal is not simply for students to acquire a high school diploma, but rather to complete high school well prepared to succeed in viable postsecondary education or career plans that will lead to adult success.
A PAS data system will need access to data from multiple data systems like K-12 data systems, postsecondary data systems, department of labor data systems, and other local, state, and federal data systems that contain student information that can be used to support student success.
What does the future look like for the high school classes of 2020 and beyond? As much as we’re rightly focused on what happens this fall, we also need to look ahead to next spring and beyond.
This Week in Education with EJ Carrion sat down with Robert Balfanz to get his perspective on the most recent NSC report that showed that college enrollment for low-income 2020 high school graduates declined by 29.2 percent.