June 17, 2017 —  Since 2008, the national attainment rate has risen by 7.9 percentage points. All states still have a long way to go to reach Lumina’s goal that 60 percent of Americans hold degrees, certificates or other high-quality postsecondary credentials by 2025. For more information on your state or metropolitan area’s progress, check out Lumina’s latest report. Higher Ed for Higher Standards also identifies clear strategies for developing aligned K-12 and higher education goals and outlines how states can use those goals to drive strategic actions to support all youth on their path to attain a postsecondary credential of value in our Leveraging ESSA Credential Attainment policy brief.

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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.

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

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.

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

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