Why 12th Grade Must Be Redesigned Now—And How

Posted by Jobs for the Future on April 18, 2016

Why 12th Grade Must Be Redesigned Now—And How
How High Schools and Colleges Can Share Responsibility for Student Success
Ready or Not: It’s Time to Rethink the 12th Grade

This first report in a new series by JFF provides the rationale for restructuring 12th grade and tying it more tightly to the first year of college through new high school and college partnerships. The paper proposes a new common benchmark of readiness that high schools and colleges can work together to meet to ensure momentum toward earning postsecondary credentials. It also describes promising practices and addresses the formidable challenges of the inherent norms underlying our education systems that must be changed if we are to succeed in creating a shared transition zone. The paper concludes with ideas for how state policymakers and local practitioners can start the shift to a new normal.


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