What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down-and How to Fix It

Three years ago, TNTP set out to understand how so many students could graduate from high school unprepared for the lives they want to lead. To find out, they followed nearly 4,000 students in three large urban districts, one small rural district, and one charter network with three schools in separate cities to view school Read more about What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down-and How to Fix It[…]

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Why do high school expectations matter?

Another student gets good grades, graduates from high school, and earns admission to a public university, but realizes too late that high school coursework did not provide the academic preparation needed for college and must be repeated- this time costing college tuition. All students deserve the opportunity to take courses that prepare them to enter Read more about Why do high school expectations matter?[…]

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Achieve: Do not use SAT or ACT as state summative assessment

Achieve released a new brief warning against the use of ACT or SAT exams as the summative high school assessment for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Achieve highlighted three reviews of these tests, looking at their alignment to states’ college- and career-ready academic standards and how using the tests for accountability would impact students, Read more about Achieve: Do not use SAT or ACT as state summative assessment[…]

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College Success Awards: Celebrating high schools that prepare students to succeed in college

GreatSchools has released a first-of-its-kind award recognizing and celebrating high schools that excel in ensuring students are prepared for college based on school-level postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. The award also underscores the need to open up new sets of data so we can shine the light on success and find the Read more about College Success Awards: Celebrating high schools that prepare students to succeed in college[…]

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The Promise of Performance Assessments

As states, districts, and schools are expanding instruction to include the competencies associated with college, career, and civic readiness, they are also developing ways to measure mastery of these deeper learning and higher-order thinking skills. These measures include performance assessments, such as portfolios, capstone projects, and senior defenses, alongside classroom performance. Meanwhile, more than 900 Read more about The Promise of Performance Assessments[…]

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January Issue Brief: Not Just a High School Diploma

High school students are now graduating with much more than their high school diplomas – some have already earned an Associate’s degree or industry-recognized credentials. Many have amassed enough AP, IB, or community college credits to begin their postsecondary studies a semester or two ahead. Research is showing that these early college/credentialing models promote college Read more about January Issue Brief: Not Just a High School Diploma[…]

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Recommendations for Early College High School Programs

A working group that includes members from some of the country’s most influential education groups released new recommendations aimed at high school programs offering college credit. These programs, often dual-enrollment partnerships with local colleges, have grown in popularity, as have concerns about the rigor, costs and ultimate impact on college success.   The group, convened Read more about Recommendations for Early College High School Programs[…]

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Mentoring Program Posts 81% College Persistence Rate

Writing for The 74, Kate Stringer reviews a new randomized controlled trial that finds that one-on-one, in-person mentoring that starts in high school and continues through university study can have a significant effect on college persistence rates for low-income students. Excerpts from the article appear below: A college mentoring program aimed at getting low-income and Read more about Mentoring Program Posts 81% College Persistence Rate[…]

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New Postsecondary Data Includes Expanded Look at College Completion

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released new data that provide a more comprehensive look at the percentage of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are successfully completing postsecondary education. Unlike the previously reported graduation rates, the new Outcome Measures (OM) account for non-traditional students, such as those who attend part time or have transferred schools. Read more about New Postsecondary Data Includes Expanded Look at College Completion[…]

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AIR Examines Evidence on Early-College High Schools

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has released a new brief, Evidence-Based Practices to Support College and Career Readiness in High School: Early College High School. Early-college high schools are a partnership between secondary and postsecondary institutions and businesses that allow students to earn both a Read more about AIR Examines Evidence on Early-College High Schools[…]

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CCSSO Releases Recommendations for Valuing College and Career Readiness

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and  Education Strategy Group (ESG) have released Destination Known, a report which includes recommendations to support states as they develop accountability systems that value college and career readiness and better support all students in achieving success after high school.   The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides Read more about CCSSO Releases Recommendations for Valuing College and Career Readiness[…]

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New Reports on Postsecondary Preparation, Readiness, and Outcomes

The Institute of Education Sciences has released two new reports from the Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) program on accelerated college credit programs and college and career readiness. Characteristics and postsecondary pathways of students who participate in acceleration programs in Minnesota This REL Midwest study examined the 2011 cohort of Minnesota public high school graduates who Read more about New Reports on Postsecondary Preparation, Readiness, and Outcomes[…]

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WWC Review Finds Dual Enrollment Programs Have Positive Impacts on High School Students

Research shows that dual enrollment programs have positive effects on high school achievement and completion, as well as college access, enrollment and degree attainment, according to a new What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) intervention report. The Institute of Education Sciences recently released a report that summarizes research reviewed by the WWC on how dual enrollment programs Read more about WWC Review Finds Dual Enrollment Programs Have Positive Impacts on High School Students[…]

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February Issue Brief: College Readiness

This year the United States hit a record high graduation rate of 83 percent, and 66 percent of graduating students enrolled in college. But we are discovering that high school graduation does not necessarily equate to readiness for college coursework. NAEP data show that only 37 percent of high school seniors are academically prepared for Read more about February Issue Brief: College Readiness[…]

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Colleges Enroll Many Students who Aren’t Prepared

The vast majority of public two- and four-year colleges report enrolling students – more than half a million of them – who are not ready for college-level work, a Hechinger Report investigation of 44 states has found. The numbers reveal a glaring gap in the nation’s education system: A high school diploma, no matter how Read more about Colleges Enroll Many Students who Aren’t Prepared[…]

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College Readiness: Are Different Definitions Driving Inequality?

Marc Tucker of Education week comments on college readiness for students across the nations, and the different definitions of being ready for different groups of students. Does this nationwide difference drive inequality? Excerpts of his commentary appear below: The rapidly increasing social class and racial isolation of the last four or five decades has been Read more about College Readiness: Are Different Definitions Driving Inequality?[…]

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