Developing POS Via a Statewide Career-Focused Reform Policy

Publication Catherine Mobley, Cathy Hammond, Cairen Withington, Sam Stringfield, Natalie Stipanovic, Julia L. Sharp, and Sam DrewJanuary 2012

In 2005, the state of South Carolina initiated an innovative approach to career-focused education through the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA). Developed with the backing of the state’s business community, EEDA aims to improve student achievement and preparedness for postsecondary education and high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs. It does so through a focus on career awareness and exploration and the creation of locally relevant career pathways and POS.
As part of an NRCCTE-sponsored project entitled Programs of Study as a State Policy Mandate: A Longitudinal Study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative, researchers at Clemson University are studying those components of EEDA implementation that are most relevant to high schools and investigating the influence of these components on students and POS development over a five-year period in a sample of eight South Carolina high schools. This article provides early insights into how several key elements of the South Carolina policy are helping these eight sample schools lay a foundation for POS and POS-like educational components for all students.

Mobley, C., Hammond, C., Withington, C., Stringfield, S., Stipanovic, N., Sharp, J. L., & Drew, S. (2012). Developing POS via a statewide career-focused reform policy. Techniques, 87(1), 24-27.

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