What is AC?


What is AC?

The Advanced Career model calls for designing, implementing and continuously improving a pathway of four career and technical education courses in a specific career field, with key features to ensure it is rigorous enough for students to meet college- and career-readiness standards.

Two of the courses are considered foundational, and two are more advanced, with the potential for the student to earn dual (both high school and postsecondary) credit. The courses are transportable and scalable across states and schools, with a strong focus on quality, so students are ready for an entry-level job or can move into postsecondary education without remediation.

Key Features

The model spells out nine specific features to guide states, such as:

  • A solid academic core in English, mathematics, science and social science
  • Challenging, authentic projects and assignments in the context of the career field
  • Employer and business involvement
  • End-of-course assessments
  • In-depth instructor training
  • Opportunities to award academic credit

Advanced Career STEM Pathway Academies
Career academies: A proven strategy for engaging students

Research shows that career academies — small learning communities in which students take academic and technical courses as a cohort with dedicated academy teachers — not only help students transition to college, but also improve their labor market outcomes, according to studies conducted by MDRC.

High schools and technology centers that join SREB’s AC STEM Pathway Academy Network find that career academies naturally complement their existing efforts to improve instruction and engage students.

Publication December 20163 pages
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Advanced Career: Key Features That Form the Process

One goal of Advanced Career is to design, develop, implement and continuously improve a sequence of four high-quality career and technical education (CTE) courses rigorous enough for students to meet college- and career-readiness standards. The two advanced courses are to be constructed on a level of rigor with performance-level descriptors that will qualify these courses for dual credit. The courses are designed around a project-based learning pedagogy and are meant to serve a mainstream group of students.

Publication August 20132 pages

Advanced Career Assessment Background

SREB and partner states in the Advanced Career Program are developing a series of four high school career and technical education (CTE) courses focused on high-demand and high-skill career fields important to the states and their economic growth.