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Assembly Bill 2648 Multiple Pathways

Assembly Bill (AB) 2648

On September 30, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 2648, which adds Section 52372.5 to the Education Code. This bill requires that the Superintendent of Public Instruction develop, in conjunction with a number of specified entities, a report that explores the feasibility of establishing and expanding additional multiple pathway programs in California.

Guiding Principles of Pathways

  • Pathways prepares students for postsecondary education and career;
  • Pathways connects academics to real-world applications;
  • Pathways lead to a full range of postsecondary opportunities; and
  • Pathways improve student achievement.

Core Components of Pathways

  • A challenging academic component prepares students for success in California’s community colleges and universities, as well as in apprenticeships and other post-secondary programs;
  • A demanding technical component delivers concrete knowledge and skills through a cluster of four or more technical courses;
  • A work-based learning component offers opportunities to learn through real-world experiences; and
  • Supplemental services support students in a challenging program of study.

Multiple Pathways

  • This approach promotes the implementation of multiple pathways in a school district; and
  • Multiple pathway programs created for high schools may include, but are not limited to, California partnership academies, regional occupational centers and programs, charter schools, academies, small learning communities, and other career-themed small schools.

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May 12, 2010: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell released a report and recommendations about expanding a high school transformation approach that links rigorous academic course work, career technical training, work-based learning opportunities and greater student supports. The approach, originally known as Multiple Pathways, is now referred to as Linked Learning.


Questions pertaining to California Department of Education AB 2648 Multiple Pathways can be directed to:

Teri Alves, Education Programs Consultant
Phone: 16-322-0374

Questions:   High School Innovations & Initiatives Office |
Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 3, 2019