Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides a tremendous opportunity for states to deepen and catalyze the partnerships between their K–12 and higher education systems. This new legislation explicitly focuses on improving the college and career readiness of all students, including requiring states to set high standards that are aligned to state higher education entrance requirements.

With aligned goals across the education system, states can ensure that all students graduate high school prepared for college and careers and transition seamlessly into higher education, ultimately reducing the need for remediation and increasing postsecondary completion rates.

Webinar Resources
Thanks to the over 150 leaders from CCSSO, NASH and SHEEO who were able to join us live! To access the recorded webinar and slides, please click the ‘+’ sign below.
1/24/17: Moving the College Readiness and Success Needle: Strategies for K-12 and Higher Education Collaboration
Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion
Strategies To Support Student K–12 to Postsecondary Transitions


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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12  can better support students.

Proficient Means Prepared
The Proficient Means Prepared campaign offers more communication tools and templates, designed for a new assessment score release.