Linked Learning Cost Study

The James Irvine Foundation has contracted with APA to determine the cost of Linked Learning in districts across California. Linked Learning is an effort to improve student outcomes, transform high schools, and align K–12 education with workforce and economic development needs. The program aims to bring together strong academics, demanding technical education, and real world experience to students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education, and careers. Nine California districts (including Sacramento City Unified) and 20 pilot consortiums are currently participating in Linked Learning. APA’s goals for this study are (1) to collect data on actual Linked Learning costs from participating districts; (2) to construct a cost model that will estimate the planning and implementation costs of Linked Learning for potential districts and that will analyze cost-benefit information for existing Linked Learning districts.