Linked Learning is an educational approach to high school reform originating in California that transforms the traditional high school experience for traditionally underserved students. Linked Learning encompasses four core components that are woven together in industry-themed pathways:
- Rigorous academics
- High-quality career-technical education
- Work-based learning
- Comprehensive support services
As a transformational approach in the college and career pathways movement, Linked Learning directly engages state and local business and industry, higher education, and other community members to improve the high school education experience for traditionally underserved students. By centering high school around industry themes in fields such as engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more, learning becomes relevant and students graduate with the skills and confidence to succeed in college, a career, and life.
Since its start in 2009 with nine California school districts, Linked Learning has expanded statewide and now serves more than 65,000 students in California, as well as students in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Research shows that students enrolled in certified Linked Learning pathways outperform their peers enrolled in traditional high school programs in the following areas:
Linked Learning students have higher high school graduation rates.
- Linked Learning students with prior low achievement scores demonstrate greater academic success than similar students with prior low achievement.
- English learners and African American students earn significantly more credits toward high school graduation.
- Linked Learning students report greater confidence in their life and career skills, and report they are experiencing more rigorous, integrated, and relevant instruction.