P-16/P-20 Councils: Scope of the Initiative
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P-16/P-20 Councils: Scope of the Initiative

Nineteen councils define their scope as P-16, while 16 councils propose a P-20 scope. One state, South Dakota, has a P-21 council. Many of the first councils created in the 1990s espoused a K-16 scope of work; this was replaced with a P-16 scope late in the decade and in the early 2000s. Many of the councils with a P-20 scope were either created or reconstituted since 2003.

Why does it matter?

Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

Methodology: ECS performed an initial search of statutes, regulations and executive orders. However, because many P-16 and P-20 councils are established independently of these means, ECS conducted interviews with and had all data verified by at least one contact in the state (typically a P-16 or P-20 council member or staff member supporting the council).

Last update: May 28, 2008

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Scope of the initiative (P-16, P-20, etc.)
Arizona P-20
Arkansas P-20
California P-16

Colorado P-20
Connecticut P-20
Delaware P-20
Georgia P-16
Hawaii P-20
Illinois P-20
Indiana P-16
Kansas P-20
Kentucky P-16
  • P-16
    Notes/Citation: The High School Redesign Commission is P-16 in scope.
  • P-16+
    Notes/Citation: The Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence is P-16+ in scope.
Maine P-20
Maryland P-20
Minnesota P-16
Mississippi P-20
Missouri P-20
Montana P-20
Nebraska P-16
Nevada P-16
New Hampshire P-16
New York P-16
North Carolina PreK-20
Ohio P-16
Oklahoma P-16
Oregon P-16
Pennsylvania P-16
Rhode Island P-16
South Carolina K-16
South Dakota P-21
Tennessee P-16
Texas P-16
Utah K-16
Virginia P-16
Washington P-20
West Virginia P-20
Wisconsin P-16
Wyoming P-16

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