As part of an American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) event here in Denver last month, I was invited to host a small conversation with attendees on the idea of P-20. Below are a few of the points I thought we might cover in the conversation--they will likely be fleshed out in a forthcoming ECS publication:
Where are we with the whole idea of P-20 councils? We have seen a substantial amount of attrition in the number of P-20 councils since ECS launched its national database on state-level P-16 and P-20 councils in 2008. However, we have seen pockets of growth, as a new council has been created in Vermont, and councils are under consideration elsewhere.
What about P-20 governance? This seems to some degree to be the policy successor of the P-20 council, as a number of states considered efforts this year to consolidate agencies.
Is there another way to improve alignment besides a P-20 council or P-20 governance? Some states have adopted legislation to mandate collaboration among agencies with authority for various components of the P-20 pipeline. Ohio 2009 H.B. 1 is one example--while the legislation did away with the state's erstwhile P-16 council, the Partnership for Continued Learning, it mandated collaboration on oversight and implementation related to early learning, strategic planning, data sharing, high school assessments, teacher recruitment and preparation, and more. These initiatives have undergone further refinement in subsequent policymaking.
What else is out there on this issue? I think this is where attendees' eyes rolled back in their heads, as I rattled off a list of the all the ECS resources on P-20. Sorry attendees! At any rate, if readers of this blog have questions on any of this, feel free to contact me directly at 303.299.3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.