The success of Linked Learning is fueled by studies that test its effectiveness, document its outcomes, and inform its practitioners. View the two types of activity vital to expanding and enhancing this approach throughout California.

Multiple studies show that Linked Learning improves student outcomes and provides a basis for systemic high school reform.

Our Focus

Linked Learning and other similar approaches have been the subject of past research demonstrating positive results for students.

Several studies funded by The James Irvine Foundation complement the Linked Learning District Initiative evaluation and deepen understanding of how systemic implementation of the approach increases impact on student achievement in high school, college, and career.

What’s next

A Linked Learning research agenda is guiding the field to better understand the impacts of the approach and identify needed improvements. Areas of focus include tracking longitudinal data on student outcomes, and determining the educator and employer implementation factors that are essential to effective programs.


Greater postsecondary enrollment

9% more Linked Learning students attended four-year postsecondary education, compared to their peers. Info

Reduced barriers to success

72% of Linked Learning students agree: “I know a lot about college and career planning.” Info

Increased income after high school

Male students participating in programs combining academics and career preparations earned $10,000 more in the four years following high school. Info

Higher high school graduation rates

95% of 12th-grade students in California Partnership Academies graduated compared to 85% of 12th-grade students statewide. Info
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