From the Field - Vertical Alignment

Two street signs which read Career Drive and Opportunity Boulevard Urging students to start thinking about career paths and post-secondary education from a young age, coupled with opportunities to seamlessly enter college and earn academic credit while still in high school, provide for more flexibility and connectivity between K-12, post-secondary and the workforce.

For a review of the vertical alignment initiatives discussed in this section, complete the matching activity below.

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Match the items.
The task is to match the lettered items with the correct numbered items. Appearing below is a list of lettered items. Following that is a list of numbered items. Each numbered item is followed by a drop-down. Select the letter in the drop down that best matches the numbered item with the lettered alternatives.
a. A Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board initiative directed at closing educational gaps in the state.
b. A vertical alignment which provides high school students with the opportunity to earn academic credits toward a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree.
c. Allows students to take college-level courses and receive simultaneous academic credit from both college and high school.
d. Developing and delivering standards, assessments, and curricula that prepare students for success in the next grade level and beyond.
e. A state initiative that strives to bridge educational systems and levels from pre-kindergarten through four years of higher education.
f. A project which encourages students, as young as middle school, to think about and select career paths which will help them target high school and post-secondary courses in their academic journey.

In this next section, our focus shifts away from policy initiatives and targets curricula in schools. We look at ways educators are creating flexibility and connectivity in the context of what and how students are learning. Our focus is on horizontal alignments.

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