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How to Find Out if Your High School Students Are Ready for Their Future

The world of education and work continues to shift, and so do student perceptions about these areas. That’s why the Research Consortium on Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills—a partnership between America’s Promise Alliance,  Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), , SkillsUSA, and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA)—is collaborating on a survey research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of Career Paths and 21st Century Skills. The Student Research Foundation works closely with the Research Consortium to analyze and present these data.

In previous research, our Consortium found that 77 percent of high school students had started to consider a career pathway (another 19 percent said “maybe”). However, it is not always clear that students know about the range of possibilities available to them in our changing world. Our ultimate objective is to stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers, and students. 

Influences of career pathway decisions

By including your students as part of this important research project, you can help them:

  • Further consider their strengths, interests, and the career options open to them;
  • Receive information from colleges, universities, career and technical schools, and other postsecondary institutions seeking to recruit students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets, and career goals; and
  • Gain more access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities through our partners and sponsors.

If you want to receive the survey package, please fill out this simple online form or email us at [email protected] to make sure you’re on the list. 

For more information, visit the Educational Research Center of America.