P-16, located within the division of College and Career Readiness Initiatives, provides policy guidance and staff support to statewide P-16 activities and to the state P-16 Council. P-16 also helps coordinate educational policy efforts between Pre-K to 12 public education and higher education entities. It is also charged with developing and strengthening partnerships and relationships among public education, higher education, and the civic and business communities.
What is P-16 Education?
“P-16” describes an integrated system of education stretching from preschool (the “P”) through a four-year college degree (“grade 16”). It is designed to improve student achievement by getting children off to a good start, raising academic standards, conducting appropriate assessments, improving teacher quality and generally smoothing student transitions from one level of learning to the next. It also focuses on helping all children meet the proficiency levels needed to succeed at the next education level and in the workforce.
The P-16 philosophy supports students during their early education and K-12 public school experience and builds a bridge from high school completion to postsecondary success.
Department of State Initiatives