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Measuring Career Readiness in High School: A REL Appalachia Workshop for Researchers

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

This workshop was designed to enhance REL staff's knowledge of and collaboration around measuring career readiness. Career readiness includes the knowledge, skills, and abilities to support students' transition to postsecondary education and training, and careers. The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Advance REL staff's knowledge of data, tools, and methods that are available for measuring career readiness for different purposes (for example, accountability, targeted student interventions, and research).
  • Assist REL staff in understanding how to measure career readiness given their stakeholders' local context.
  • Identify gaps in data, tools, and methods that are available for career readiness.
  • Discuss how to move toward a comprehensible and comprehensive measure of career readiness.
  • Determine the appropriate next steps to disseminate the information gained from the workshop to a broader audience.
  • Identify opportunities for cross-REL collaboration on career readiness project activities in the future.


Arlington, Virginia


Expert Panelists
David Conley, University of Oregon
Matt Gaertner, WestEd
Amy Loyd, Jobs for the Future
Scott Solberg, Boston University

REL Presenters
Max Altman, REL Pacific
Janice Anderson, REL Midatlantic
Jenni Bradford, REL Northwest
Amy Feygin, REL Midwest
Julie Harris, REL Appalachia
Steven Klein, REL Northwest
Matt Rauner, REL West
Thomas Torre Gibney, REL West
Christina Tydeman, REL Pacific
Miya Warner, REL Appalachia


Handout: Literature Scan
Workshop Summary