July 17, 2017 — The Kansas Board of Regents charged high school educators and two-year college math faculty with creating a course to enable more graduating high school seniors to enroll into college-level math courses when they start college. Last school year, more than 35 high schools piloted the Transition to College Algebra, and at least 15 other high schools will join this school year. Students who pass this course in high school can place directly into credit-bearing coursework upon matriculation. For more information on the role that 12th grade transition courses can play in improving postsecondary transitions and success, check out our alignment policy brief on TN SAILS. Removing barriers to postsecondary success by reducing remediation will be critical to meeting the Kansas Board of Regents’ target of graduating about 53,000 students annually systemwide – see our Leveraging ESSA brief for more examples of how states are working to reach credential attainment goals.
Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards
The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of standards and/or assessments.
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.