For generations, good jobs that provided stability and family-sustaining wages were accessible to most individuals with a high school diploma. But significant economic shifts—including those stemming from technological advancements and the Great Recession—have upended this reality. Today, all students require some level of postsecondary education and training to access good jobs.
The task of K-12 educators now is to ensure that all students connect to a pathway that both aligns with their individual goals and prepares them for rigorous college, post-secondary training, and career opportunities.
With funding from the Abell Foundation, Education Strategy Group (ESG) analyzed the career preparation efforts offered in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), with a particular focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE). The resulting report, “Preparing All Students for Economic & Career Success,” used student performance data and qualitative data from key stakeholders, to identify the strengths and gaps of City Schools’ current career-related programs. It recommends strategies to raise the rigor and labor market value of those programs so they can more effectively prepare students for in-demand jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and build college-readiness.
Some key findings of this report include: