Jordan and Sato high schools are the latest to earn the Silver Certification from the Linked Learning Alliance. The certification recognizes high quality learning in the Law, Emergency and Public Service (LEAPS) pathway at Jordan and the biomedical engineering pathway at Sato.
Linked Learning pathways integrate rigorous academics with technical coursework that is relevant to the needs of local employers. The pathways offer students work-based learning experiences aligned with their classes, and provide support services to help students graduate ready for entry into college and career.
Certification is based on a series of standards identified by leaders in the Linked Learning field. Schools seek certification from the Linked Learning Alliance to validate the quality of their college and career pathways.
The pathways gain Silver certification when they establish the core components of Linked Learning, or Gold certification when they demonstrate advanced implementation of those components and equitable opportunities for all students. Silver certification is valid for two years, after which pathways must resubmit evidence for Silver renewal or apply for Gold certification.
The Linked Learning approach, piloted in nine California districts more than a decade ago, is now embraced as the high school strategy for a growing number of districts across the state. Today, Linked Learning is working in more than 100 California school districts, with 550 pathways operating in 225 high schools. The approach is also taking hold in 20 other states.
The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry and community organizations. Research shows that Linked Learning benefits students in urban, rural and suburban settings. When compared with their peers in traditional high schools, students in Linked Learning pathways complete more college preparatory courses and are more likely to graduate.