The CCRS Resource Database – Current Research and Innovative Tools for States and Districts

The CCRS Resource Database is a one-stop repository of the latest resources and tools to help states focus on some of the most pressing college and career readiness topics.

How can you use this database?

Finding resources is easy! States, regional centers, districts, and policymakers can use this database to search for resources and tools to support a variety of college and career readiness initiatives. Individuals can use the database to learn about the latest research, discover emerging practices from the field, and find new tools and products. Users can search for a particular topic by typing keywords, and you can sort results by title, author, published date, or publisher(s).
The database keyword search topics include:

  • Career technical education (CTE)
  • Employability skills
  • Dropout prevention
  • Measures of college and career readiness

Real Examples of Using the Resource Database

Scenario 1: A district recently received funding for designing and implementing a new career and technical education program and is looking for information on partnering with postsecondary institutions. In this example, district leaders can search on “career technical education” in the keywords option, and the database will generate a list of related resources:

  • A report describing CTE programs that offer rigorous academic coursework and career exploration opportunities while creating clear pathways through high school, college, and beyond. This report identifies conditions that strengthen CTE programs at the local level, helping to prepare all students for success in both postsecondary education and the workforce.
     
  • A brief highlighting Ohio’s CTE programs that partner with postsecondary institutions and offer dual enrollment opportunities so students can graduate with college credits.
     
  • A report for state education leaders on aligning core academic skills and CTE through the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The brief highlights the opportunity that exists for redefining and strengthening the role of core literacy and mathematics skills as states implement the Common Core State Standards.

Using these resources, district leaders can see how other states and districts have partnered with postsecondary institutions and discover strategies to strengthen their CTE programs.

Scenario 2: A state policymaker is looking for tools that would assist the state education agency, school-based leaders, and district-level leaders in the implementation of their college and career readiness initiatives. Searching on “college and career readiness” will generate relevant resources:

  • A discussion guide designed to help state education agencies define measurement goals, select college and career readiness measures and indicators designed to support those goals, and use the data gathered with those measures to make informed decisions about college and career readiness, policies, programs, and interventions.
     
  • An annotated bibliography that provides a catalog of resources designed to explain lifelong learning skills, how they relate to college and career readiness and success outcomes, and how they can be taught and measured in the classroom.
     
  • An issue brief intended to assist state policymakers in better understanding strategies to prepare students with disabilities and special needs for college and career.
Now, let’s hear your thoughts!
  • How might your state use this database?
  • Does your state need information on any specific college and career readiness topics?

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