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Recommendation - 5.5

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.

To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:

5.5 Recommendation: Design, implement, and evaluate technology-powered programs and interventions to ensure that students progress through our K-16 education system and emerge prepared for the workplace and citizenship.

Current high school and college dropout rates hinder the ability of the United States to be competitive in a global economy. The Department of Education should promote partnerships between two- and four-year postsecondary education institutions, K-12 schools, and educational technology developers in the private and public sectors to design programs and resources to engage students and motivate them to graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education. Support should start as soon as possible in students’ educational careers and intensify for students who need it. States, districts, and schools should experiment with such resources as online learning and online tutoring and mentoring, as well as with participatory communities and social networks both within and across education institutions to give students guidance and information about their own learning progress and their opportunities for the future. Postsecondary education institutions should also experiment with these technologies to devise new approaches to ensure access, quality, and completion. Education institutions should try alternative programs that take advantage of technology to reconnect with students who have dropped out and help them complete learning programs.

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