A recent report of an ongoing multi-year study by SRI International finds that students participating in Linked Learning Districts in California are more likely to graduate than similar students in traditional high school programmes.
The nine California Linked Learning Districts attempt to make schooling more relevant for students by integrating work experiences with in-class curriculum. Students are exposed to the working environment through job-shadowing and occasional internships. Students choose from among 37 career pathways and their schooling incorporates career-oriented classes.
315,000 Linked Learning mostly minority, low-income students were compared to demographically similar students in traditional high school programmes. Results showed that compared to the comparison group, Linked Learning students:
- Were 5.2 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school.
- Earned more academic credits.
- Were on track to graduate on time at the end of 10th grade (Year 11).
- Attended more college visits and submitted more college applications.
Source: Taking Stock of the California Linked Learning District Initiative: Fifth-Year Evaluation Report (2015), SRI