Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 5615 | WWW.CAPSS.ORG Strategies to make the vision a reality Why is this important? Every student is an individual with unique needs and will be expected to master common rigorous expectations. Not every school or district has the resources to offer myriad options to meet the needs of every student. It has therefore become more common for states to allow students to enroll in schools outside their neighborhood or even their district. For example, while one high school may offer career pathways in science, another may invest resources in performing arts. Some schools may offer their courses online, available to students across the state. Consortia of schools and districts may offer transportation to connect students with programs that meet their needs. To further expand options, schools partner with community organizations to support authentic learning experiences aligned with high standards. There is some evidence that when offered a choice of schools, students who attend their first choice school are more likely to complete high school on time and attend college.15 Offer More Options and Choices The vision Students, teachers, and families will benefit from more flexibility and choice with respect to how, when and where learning takes place. Students must be prepared to think critically, solve problems as they arise and exist comfortably in an ever- changing world. This means public school districts must have flexibility to design learning opportunities that really work for students and boards of education need the latitude to organize programs that extend beyond the typical school and classroom format. It also means a greater mix and variety of pathways to graduation and more opportunities for hands-on learning such as skills, trades, and technical training. ◆ Student success plans Student interest and aspiration are the basis for the development of the student’s academic program. A planned academic program will lead to the acquisition of the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to be an effective learner in school and across the life span. The Student Success Plan (SSP) is designed to ensure that students complete their secondary education with 21st -century skills, with an emphasis on knowledge and skills necessary to compete in the global economy. The customized plan will include varied and flexible educational opportunities, personal connections, elective coursework, and targeted supports tied to each student’s education and/or career goals. Further, the SSP supports positive social, emotional, and physical development, allowing students to more fully engage in the school environment and take the risks necessary for optimal performance. 15 | WWW.CAPSS.ORG