P-20 Summit

Each year, Hobsons convenes a P-20 Education Summit with leading practitioners and thought leaders from across the P-20 education spectrum to address student success and institutional success. Hobsons’ solutions have always been informed by leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of education and technology and our P-20 Summit ensures our passion for education and innovation is informed by the latest policies and best thinking.

P-20 Perspective for 2013

This year, we asked the 2012 Summit participants to share their perspectives on policies, programs, and initiatives that contribute to student success and their transition across key phases of the P-20 education system.


Early College High Schools

Early college high schools (ECHS) are changing the ways students are being prepared for college and work in North Carolina. Designed to be small, with no more than 100 students per grade and 400 students per school, the schools provide both students and faculty an environment conducive to personalization and innovation.

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Past Case Studies

dual enrollment done right

Research is increasingly clear that offering “dual enrollment” courses – college level classes that count both for high school and college credit – is one of the more effective strategies for helping high school students meet the higher bar of college readiness.  But not all dual enrollment programs show equal levels of success.

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Getting Serious About Early Learning

We know that reading is fundamental to learning, and that a student’s ability to read by third grade is an important milestone. State leaders are searching for ways to respond to the urgent need to increase the number of 3rd graders who read at grade level.

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Advocating for High Quality Data

A high quality, longitudinal data system undergirds many of the reforms that education systems – from early childhood to college and the workforce – are currently implementing, including:  supporting and evaluating teacher effectiveness, ensuring school readiness by aligning early childhood programs and kindergarten, and increasing college and career readiness (workforce development, degree attainment) by providing feedback information throughout the system.

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Promising Steps for Oregon’s Students

Setting clear, achievable goals is a crucial first step in developing a robust P-20 system. In the state of Oregon, the P-20 movement is gathering momentum by taking that to heart.  Last year, Governor John Kitzhaber led Oregon in taking that important step by passing a new statute that puts college readiness and degree completion on the map.

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Why non-academic qualities like grit and tenacity matter too

It’s clear, for instance, that helping low-income students enter and finish college is the most promising social mobility strategy policymakers have. Yet even a casual glance around at successful colleagues, friends, or impactful figures in American life shows that academics are only one part of the equation. Non-academic qualities such as grit and tenacity or social and life agility matter, too.

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Vermont’s PreK-16 Council: Strategies for Success

In a report to Congress in 2005, the National Academies of Science, Mathematics and Engineering warned of an impending decline in America’s pre-eminence in the global economy. It cited the quality of K-12 education as a key factor and urged policymakers to invest heavily to reverse the trend.

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The Power is in the Data

Data systems that link students from system to system, and ultimately to employment, give us a snapshot of the current education system as a whole and equip practitioners and policymakers with information to address problems at all stages of a student’s education.

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Florida’s PreK–20 Education Data Warehouse

Today, we face a significant disconnect between preK-12 and postsecondary expectations. High school graduates—of all stripes—are arriving to college academically unprepared.

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