Building Multiple Pathways: Approaches, Relevant Programs and Implementation Considerations

Ephraim Weisstein and Dr. David Jacobson

High school graduation rates for students from traditionally underserved populations tend to be low—figures show that students from families with income in the bottom 20% dropped out of high school at six times the rate of those from higher income brackets.

It is obvious that the traditional high school system, as currently structured, is not meeting the needs of many students. This report offers alternatives, or “multiple pathways” for learners to be prepared for post-secondary options.

The need to dramatically increase the number of young people who gain the credentials and skills necessary to succeed in 21st century America has never been clearer.