Linked Learning Resources

Linked Learning is a high school reform initiative that has expanded across California in recent years. Please click the links below to learn more.

The Education Trust - West Research Reports

Unlocking Doors and Expanding Opportunities (July 2011) — To meet California’s demand for a more educated workforce, high schools must dramatically increase the number of students who earn diplomas and graduate with meaningful preparation. Yet disturbingly, this report documents few students graduate with the college-ready coursework needed to access our state’s public university system. This is especially true for low-income students and students of color, who are also disproportionately tracked into less rigorous “career education” courses.

Expanding Access, Creating Options: How Linked Learning Pathways Can Mitigate Barriers to College and Career Access in Schools and Districts (March 2013) — In this report, we describe what students are experiencing in four certified Linked Learning schools, describe the key attributes of the schools, and highlight ways in which they have eliminated or diminished barriers to college and career readiness found in typical California high schools. We examine academic data and student transcripts to determine how well Linked Learning is closing opportunity and achievement gaps. Next, we examine the extent to which three districts in the Linked Learning District Initiative (LLDI) are effectively scaling the Linked Learning approach as efforts to expand Linked Learning are underway through California’s Linked Learning Pilot Program and other programs nationwide.

Additional Resources

Essential Elements for Pathway Quality (PDF)
These seven elements guide Linked Learning Pathway development and inform certification requirements and implementation supports.

Linked Learning Pathway Certification Criteria (PDF)
These criteria are used in the Linked Learning Pathway Certification process.

Equity, Access & Choice Advisory Committee one-pager (PDF)
The EACAC was established to combat educational inequities through the Linked Learning approach and has developed tools and processes to support this goal.

Links to Various Organizations

The following organizations have been instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of Linked Learning in California.

Alliance for Excellent Education
Works to ensure that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

College & Career Academy Support Network
A network that supports the growth of small learning communities and career academies. CCASN collects and publishes data on how they are performing.

ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career
Provides a vast array of content and services to support Linked Learning.

Linked Learning Alliance
Statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life.

Los Angeles Small Schools Center
Provides leadership in Los Angeles for system-wide small school development.

National Academy Foundation
Sustains a national network of over 500 career academies organized as small learning communities.

Stanford Center for Opportunity in Education
Fosters research, policy, and practice to advance high quality, equitable education systems in the United States and internationally.

SRI International
Evaluates the impact of Linked Learning.

UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access
Seeks to understand and challenge pervasive racial and social class inequalities in education.