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Rigorous Work-Based Learning

A wide variety of industries are facing increasingly complex workforce challenges, including a shortage of skilled workers and opportunities to help prepare the next generation of workers.

Twenty-first-century learning requires schools to prepare students for college and for the job market. Schools have the responsibility of teaching the state standards and ensuring that the students can show proficiency on assessments in subject matter. However, more college-going preparation and work-based learning opportunities are needed to strengthen alignment across the continuum of academics, career exploration, and authentic learning experiences throughout elementary, middle, and high school to postsecondary education and jobs.

The bar is set high for schools; yet principals and teachers are up for the challenge, and with adequate information, resources, and assistance from school districts, businesses, and the community, there are many opportunities for forward-thinking, innovative leaders to integrate when designing instructional experiences for students.