"Research on tracking shows that children of color and low income children are far more likely to be under-prepared for advanced courses and steered toward low-level paths. Our state must take responsibility for the academic success of all students. A high-quality curriculum is essential to assuring that all students reach a true level of college readiness. Innovation in education is needed. But we need to make sure that endorsements are not dead ends for students. Clear triggers must be in place so that action can be taken if the data show disproportionate routing of poor and minority students into non-rigorous tracks." - Dr. María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Texas is in the throes of a debate. Now that the legislature has adopted new policies governing diploma plans and endorsements, what will the newly-allowed curricula include? Will Texas fulfill its obligation to assure that all paths equitably prepare young people for the future or will it go backwards?
Models based on preparing one group for college and a second for immediate work are outmoded. Research on 21st century workforce needs indicates that the majority of jobs will require some level of education beyond high school. Employers in turn will need employees who are life-long learners prepared to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing workplace. Further, schools should not make pre-college decisions on behalf of students or track them into low-level courses that limit career options.
This issue of Graduation for All shares resources in five key areas to support your efforts to assure that all children graduate from school and are well-prepared for their future.