New Hampshire has several initiatives underway that support work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for students. The state’s Carl D. Perkins Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) plan will use the WBL indicator to assess career and technical education (CTE) program quality, and New Hampshire’s Senate Bill 276 requires every high school graduate to have a career readiness credential, for which WBL will be a key factor. The Region 1 Comprehensive Center (R1CC), in collaboration with the REL Northeast and Island (REL-NEI), will support the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) in identifying and developing measures of WBL that could also qualify as a part of the career readiness credential.
The project will identify and develop a sample of WBL measures that districts can use or customize to New Hampshire's WBL programs. These measures could focus on different stakeholder groups that participate in or lead WBL efforts, including students, employers, and WBL coordinators/mentors. Region1CC provide support in the following ways: 1) Conduct an inventory of measures that districts are currently using in New Hampshire; 2) Facilitate five to six virtual meetings with a core group of WBL stakeholders using the College and Career Readiness and Success Center’s modules on WBL measures to define the different types of measures that could be used; 3) Revise, adapt, or develop a sample of WBL measures for districts to choose to use; 4) Collect feedback on the sample of WBL measures from a larger group of stakeholders representing employers and WBL coordinators; 5) Revise the sample of WBL measures based on stakeholder feedback. R1CC's efforts will support the REL-NEI efforts to help NH DOE develop a common definition of high-quality WBL, creating a program quality rubric that will describe the elements of high-quality WBL and an inventory of data that can be collected to evaluate the effectiveness of WBL practices.