Conclusion and Appendices

Across New England, education leaders have expanded the options available to students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be engaged citizens, and to succeed in post-secondary education and careers. The challenge for our region is to bring successful approaches to scale so that all students, regardless of where they attend school, have access to high-quality pathways that enlarge their sense of what is possible. In particular, we must explicitly protect and support students who have been underserved and underrepresented in many aspects of their lives; otherwise, pathways will serve only to reinforce their disenfranchisement. As we broaden the definition of education beyond success in purely an academic sense, we can hope to move closer to the long-deferred dream of educational equity.

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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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