Based on extensive interviews with 20 senior-level K-12 administrators, a new report from Hanover Research reveals a growing interest in and need for college and career awareness in elementary schools. The report, supported by Hobsons, examines perceptions of college and career awareness at the elementary level, the increasing need for solutions, and relevant state and federal policies.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Administrators find it important that K-5 students make college and career connections at an early age.
  • Elementary-level college and career awareness programs aim to instill the belief in young children that college is attainable, promote the ethic needed to achieve it, and are a precursor to middle school and high school “readiness” programs.
  • For those administrators who have concerns about over-emphasizing one pathway, it’s important to identify solutions that emphasize the widest possible range of postsecondary options available to students.
  • Elementary educators perceive college and career awareness programs to be very effective.

Hanover Research is a global research and analytics firm whose core capabilities include primary research, secondary research, data analysis, and grant development. Hanover’s education clients include Scholastic, Burbank Unified School District, Virginia Beach City Public School, and Palo Alto School District.

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