Postsecondary and Career Readiness & Success
For success in the 21st century, youth and adult learners need access to rigorous and engaging curricula that inspire a passion for learning and high-quality teachers and faculty.
Youth and adult learners also need greater access to postsecondary institutions and workplaces with opportunities to become directly familiar with these settings, enabling successful transitions to the next stages of their lives.
Career exploration and development, together with opportunities to expand and demonstrate learning through real-world experience, are also key for postsecondary education and career success.
WestEd staff partner with many organizations nationwide — including K-12, community colleges, adult education, institutions of higher education, economic development agencies, as well as business and industry — to ensure youth and adult learners have greater readiness and success in both postsecondary education and careers.
Evaluation of Core to College: Preparing Students for College Readiness and Success
Core to College: Preparing Students for College Readiness and Success is designed to facilitate greater coordination between K– 12 and postsecondary education systems around implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments.
One-Shot Deal? Students' Perceptions of Assessment and Course Placement in California's Community Colleges
Read about the findings and recommendations from a study of students' experiences with assessment and placement practices in California's community colleges.
Training Early Intervention Assistants in California's Community Colleges
This study examines California's efforts to foster preservice preparation of early intervention assistants for infants and toddlers with special needs through the Community College Personnel Preparation Project.
Efficacy Study: Quantum Chemistry Tutors
The findings from this study will contribute to a better understanding of the general effects of the use of intelligent tutoring software on student learning.
Course-Taking Patterns and Preparation for Postsecondary Education in California's Public University Systems Among Minority Youth
This study, prepared by WestEd's Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), examines the extent to which California high school students meet the course requirements for admission to California's four-year public universities.
Evaluation of the California 21st Century High School ASSETs Program
Read the initial progress of the first cohort of grantees participating in California's after-school program for teenagers.