The New England Secondary School Consortium would like to thank the members of the task force for sharing their time, expertise, and deep thinking with each other through an extraordinarily challenging time. As the Covid-19 pandemic has forced educators across the country to change the ways they think about student learning almost overnight, the importance of providing multiple pathways for learning has never been more obvious, and the need for educators who are adept at providing those pathways more stark.

Lisa Harney, and Beth Lambert—from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Maine Department of Education, respectively—served as co-chairs of this task force. Their thoughtful leadership set the foundation for the work of the task force and the creation of this report. We are deeply grateful for everything they have brought to this process.

We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the people and organizations that made it possible for the members of the task force to participate in this process over the last several months and to the team at the Great Schools Partnership for their convening and facilitation of this task force. This report would not have been possible without the support of our funders, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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This report is authored by the members of the New England Secondary School Consortium Task Force on Flexible and Multiple Pathways. The NESSC Leads commissioned the Task Force, whose recommendations emerged over the course of meetings taking place between March 2019 and October 2020. While each participating NESSC state education agency is committed to equitable pathways, the recommendations included in this report do not necessarily mean that they have the formal endorsement of the participating agencies.

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