"College-ready" and "career-ready" are major buzzwords in the educational field these days, as President Obama's push to increase graduation rates gains traction. Educators have spent a great deal of time and energy deciphering what it means to make students college- and career-ready--but a significant portion of the conversation has focused on finding ways to keep kids in school in the first place.
Early intervention and credit recovery programs can pave the way for students to remain on the road to graduation, and a growing number of school systems are turning to online options for delivering these services.
"My members have been having conversations about the fact that, before we can talk about kids being college- and career-ready, we have to reduce dropout rates [and] increase our graduation rates," says Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education. "Many kids don't find school relevant, especially as they get older."
The challenge, she says, is not just to give lip service to the need for relevance, but to make the connection real for today's learners between the outside world and that of school.
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