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Strive-Together-Badge-2018The Boston Opportunity Agenda and its partners conduct independent research to inform our work along the cradle-to-career educational pipeline. Through our annual report cards, forums, evaluations and community dialogues, we aim to educate ourselves and the greater Boston community on our challenges, progress and collective impact.

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The Boston Opportunity Agenda's Seventh Annual Report Card

We know that in Boston a post-secondary credential is crucial to full participation in our knowledge economy and entry into the middle class. Over the past eight years, we have made progress on almost every metric of the education pipeline, but we still see large achievement gaps throughout the entire K-12 system. Additionally, only 51 percent of our students are achieving a post-secondary credential.

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New Directions: Creating Career Pathways for and with Opportunity Youth

The Boston Private Industry Council and the Boston Opportunity Agenda co-sponsored the release of New Directions: Creating Career Pathways for and with Opportunity Youth, in November 2018. The report summarizes the activities of the Opportunity Youth Collaborative, and lessons learned over its six-year effort to engage 16-24 year-olds who are neither working, nor in school in career pathways. The report also provides forward facing recommendations for policy and practice change in the workforce, postsecondary education, K-12 and youth development systems.

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Boston's College, Career & Life Readiness Definition

In order to define readiness, we must first get clear on what we are getting our kids ready for.  In sketching out expectations for the future based on insight into the industry, education, and civic landscapes, the group recognized that the future, particularly today, is characterized by its dynamism and that any singular vision narrows how we expect our graduates will live.  So instead, the group coalesced around a set of forces that are shaping trajectories for career, college and life.  These forces inform the skills and beliefs we believe students will need to succeed in this fast-shifting environment.

Read the College Career and Life Readiness presentation

Past Annual Report Cards