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Bridging the Divide: Blending Secondary and Postsecondary Curricula into a Coherent Course of Study
Fact Sheet Series 2006 - Secondary and Technical Education
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The OVAE Fact Sheet Series highlights efforts currently underway at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) to support the principles of the President's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The principle(s) supported by this effort are:

  • Increase Accountability and Academic Achievement
  • Increase Options and Involvement for Parents and Students
  • Focus on What Works


One of the most compelling and urgent challenges confronting American public education today is preparing all students for success in postsecondary education and in the workplace.

Credit-based transition programs blend secondary and postsecondary coursework and provide students with a variety of support components, including the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. Given the need to improve the transition process and the promise that credit-based transition programs have shown, the challenge faced by educators and policy-makers is how to expand such programs.

SRI International is conducting the Bridging the Divide study in partnership with Jobs for the Future. The goal of this project is to understand why programs are not being replicated and to offer possible policy options to facilitate program development. The study also builds on another recently completed project, Accelerating Student Success.


This project seeks to:
  • Understand the policy and regulatory environments that govern the development of credit-based transition programs.
  • Examine the impact of policies and regulations on the implementation, structure, and management of programs.
  • Identify promising policy options for states and localities to consider as they seek to expand programs.

Outcomes and Products

  • Project Summary provides an in-depth overview of the study.
  • One-Page Briefs describe the policies that govern credit-based transition programs for states participating in the study.
  • Individual State Profiles, developed after site visits to states, provide fuller descriptions of each state’s policy environment and illustrate how state and local polices impact the development of programs.
  • A Final Report that outlines a range of policy options that facilitate the expansion of credit-based transitions programs.


September 2005 – May 2007
2005 Fact Sheet



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