The US is struggling with a significant gap between employers’ expectations and young adults’ skills sets.

Recent data shows that:

  • By 2020, 65 percent of jobs in America will require postsecondary education—which only 60 percent of Americans currently have. That leaves a gap of 5 million jobs. (Learn more in Ready Nation’s Shrinking State Skills Gap report)
  • Nationwide, over 95% of jobs created post The Great Recession have gone to workers with some post-secondary education. (Learn more in Georgetown University Center on Education’s America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Not report)

California, the world’s 8th largest economy, is well-positioned to test big solutions to workforce and skills gaps, such as reimagining the indicators and measures used to assess preparation for college and career.

To solve the skills gap challenge, California and other states have invested significantly in Linked Learning, a high school redesign approach that prioritizes college and career readiness upon high school graduation. A growing number of districts in California and across the country are implementing Linked Learning pathways. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the nation serving more than 640,000 students, has been implementing Linked Learning since 2010.

Click here to learn more about Linked Learning from the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. 

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