by Rachel Vilsak ~
How many students at public Minnesota high schools are prepared for postsecondary education? Do these students attend college? If so, do they complete a certificate or degree?
Data to answer questions such as these will play a key role in informing Minnesotans about how students are doing, and direct efforts to open up higher education opportunities for everyone.
The good news is, Minnesota has developed a data system to answer these questions. Continue reading
by Tricia Dahlman ~
The career and education landscape is changing. Recent Minnesota legislation now requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan. The plan should include these key elements:
- academic scheduling
- career exploration
- career and employment-related skills
- community partnerships
- college access
- all forms of postsecondary training
- experiential learning opportunities
Most schools already address these areas in a variety of ways. The new legislation is an opportunity to formalize some activities or add new areas to what is already done. The creation of a plan will help engage students by recording what they learned about themselves and their future choices. Continue reading