The intent of Pathways to Adult Success (PAS) work is to improve the future for America’s youth through education and thus contribute to a stronger foundation for community life and the American economy.

The PAS initiative is rooted in the long-standing research and community-building mission of the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS), a unit within the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Education, and for many years before that, a unit within JHU’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

CSOS was born in the aftermath of the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown vs Board of Education, under the leadership of JHU sociology professor James Coleman. With his team of graduate students (including future CSOS director Jim McPartland), Coleman laid the foundation for JHU’s ground-breaking work illuminating the relationship of race, poverty, and educational attainment, and pragmatic spin-offs into direct services to boost students’ progress in schools and into the future.

Pathways to Adult Success (PAS) is the latest of CSOS’ research and outreach endeavors. With PAS we seek to refine a set of indicators – and the thinking – that help educators figure out which students are likely to need help staying on a path to success, and what help will be most useful to them.

Through PAS, we intend, with your partnership, to identify, refine, and communicate descriptors and processes for indicator and response systems that enable caring adults to intervene at crucial points in young people’s lives to guide and keep them on track toward a bright future as adults.

We invite you to join our work.

Words from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

Over the past decade, we’ve seen schools and systems make tremendous progress using indicators, such as Freshman On-Track and the ABCs (attendance, behavior and course-passing/credit accrual, to foster continuous improvement and increase the number of students earning a high school diploma.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is delighted to support this informal network of practitioners and researchers to take the next steps in building effective indicator and response systems.

In particular, we’re excited about the potential to accelerate the development of new approaches and implementation practices through work together across a new and more formalized national network. And, we hope that this work will enable the field to more quickly learn and develop consensus, leading to more equitable student outcomes and similar increases in students’ post-secondary access, preparation, and success in the coming decade.



Achieve Atlanta
Advance CTE
Alabama State Department of Education
Alliance for Excellent Education
Allied Health Education and Career Pathways of Wisconsin
America’s Promise Alliance
American Institute for Research
Arizona State University
Baldwin County Public Schools
Baltimore City Public Schools
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
City Year
Community College of Philadelphia
CORE Districts
Degrees of Change
Denver Public Schools
Douglas County School District
Education Northwest
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Georgia State University
Gresham Barlow School District
Jefferson County Schools
Jobs for the Future
Long Beach Unified School District
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Metro Nashville Public Schools
National Equity Lab
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
National Louis University
New Mexico Public Education Department
New Visions for Public Schools
New York State Education Department
Ohio Department of Education
Oregon Department of Education
Panorama Education
Partners for Education at Berea College

Public Education Foundation Chattanooga
Riverside Unified School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
San Jose Unified School District
Shelby County Public Schools
Southern Regional Education Board
Tacoma College Support Network
The Akribos Group
The Mississippi Department of Education
The Philadelphia Education Fund
UChicago Consortium on School Research
University of Central Florida
University of Memphis/Peer Power Foundation
University of West Georgia
Uplift Education
Volunteers of America Southeast/ Helping Families Initiative
Willamette Education Service District

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