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 schools that are preparing students to enroll in and stick with college. Improved transparency of this information will help schools, parents, educators, and policymakers support students to succeed in college and beyond. It is also critical to enhance and expand the data available to include performance by student group to ensure schools are preparing all students for college and productive futures.

The award currently recognizes schools in nine states where high school level data on college preparation, enrollment, course remediation and persistence were available: AR, CO, FL, GA, IN, KY, OH, MI, and MO.

In addition to shining a light on high schools that succeed in preparing students to enroll in and stick with college, the award aims to build a demand for college success — not simply traditional measures of preparedness — in our high schools. To that end, Great Schools has highlighted promising practices from award-winning schools with the goal of inspiring further adoption of the interventions they have used to support their students’ success in college.

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