PATHWAYS TO
ADULT SUCCESS

Supporting students on their journey of achieving adult success by supporting schools and communities.

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Early Warning Systems 2.0

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Navigation Systems

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Collaborations

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Data

IMPROVING
OPPORTUNITIES FOR
ADULT SUCCESS

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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Early Warning Systems 2.0

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.

Navigations Systems

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.

Collaborations

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.

Data

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

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Improve the future for America's youth

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Provide equitable opportunities

HOW WE DO IT

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?

How to Begin

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 Postsecondary Pathways for All

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.

Developing Collaborations / Partnerships

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.

How to Use EWS Systems

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.

How to Work with Data Systems

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.

PAS IN ACTION

Work is underway to improve student opportunities for postsecondary success in school districts, states, nonprofits, and businesses around the country. Follow the link below to learn more about some of these initiatives.