Destination Known: Valuing College and Career Readiness in State Accountability Systems

March 2, 2017 — A new report Destination Known: Valuing College and Career Readiness in State Accountability Systems, urges state K-12 systems to place a greater emphasis on student preparation for and success in postsecondary education when establishing performance goals for high schools. The report, authored by Education Strategy Group and the Council of Chief State School Officers , recommends aligning these goals with state postsecondary attainment goals.  The recommendations are timely because all states are in the process of setting new K-12 accountability benchmarks in response to the federal ESSA requirements. The report is a reminder of how important it is for higher education leaders to inform those decisions.


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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.

Louisiana Higher Ed and K-12 Join Forces to Tackle Remediation in High School

February 22, 2017 —The Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are collaborating to tackle an all too common problem: too many students aren’t ready for college when they graduate. “Our initiative is to have those remedial issues fixed in high school,” Joseph Rallo, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, said in The Advertiser , “Before (61) percent of students graduate and need remediation in math, let’s fix it in high school or in the summer before they go to college. That is our recommendation.” These recommendations focus on three issues: the need for remediation, opportunities to remediate in high school and how to pay for it, painting a comprehensive picture of the state’s education systems, needs, assets, gaps, and barriers in response to Act 619. For more information on how precollege interventions can improve preparedness and reduce remediation, check out our alignment 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.

Seamless Pathways: Bridging Tennessee’s Gap Between High School and Postsecondary

January 26, 2017 — A new report, Seamless Pathways: Bridging Tennessee’s Gap Between High School and Postsecondary, outlines recommendations to “radically change the system so that most [Tennessee] students enter and complete postsecondary education.” Less than one-quarter of high school seniors from the graduating class of 2008 received a postsecondary degree or credential within six years of high school graduation, pointing to a need to accelerate attainment to reach Drive to 55, the state’s postsecondary attainment goal. Based on focus groups from across the state, the report suggests fostering collective responsibility for the postsecondary preparedness among K-12 faculty and staff and ensuring all students have equitable access to course opportunities to increase readiness and success, including TN SAILS. For more information on how TN SAILS can improve preparedness and reduce remediation, check out our alignment 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.

PA Community College Partners with K-12 District to Create Math Transition Course

November 21, 2016 — Northampton Community College (NCC) is partnering with Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) to design a math course aimed at ensuring district graduates don’t need college remedial math courses. Currently, about 80 percent of NCC students that take the placement tests end up in remedial, non-creditbearing math courses. Since 30 percent of Bethlehem Area School Districts graduates enroll there, this course – co-taught by NCC and BASD faculty – this collaboration is the start of a strong educational pipeline fron K-12 to postsecondary. Read more from Lehigh Valley Live, and for more on placement policies and transition courses, check out our report on community college and K-12 collaboration, Seizing the Moment, as well as our Alignment Policy Brief series.


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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.

H.S. Classes Offer Bypass to Remedial Courses

October 26, 2016 —Edweek recently featured Washington, Hawaii and Tennessee’s work to offer remedial coursework in high school. Important keys to success across state examples include K-12 and higher education faculty collaboration throughout the process, and a focus on rigor centered on setting a true bar for college readiness. This seeming simple approach to college remediation – taking care of readiness problems while students are still in high school is gaining ground, and early findings show success in catapulting students into credit bearing coursework. See more on reducing remediation through transition courses and assessments aligned to college ready benchmarks from our alignment policy brief.


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Minnesota Reduces Remediation; Saves Students $15.6 Million

October 18, 2016 — Minnesota colleges and universities schools are getting their students into credit-bearing college courses sooner, saving millions of dollars in tuition and fees, and boosting their chances of earning a degree. Last year, 12 percent of the system’s new students were enrolled in remedial courses, but four years earlier, that figure was 18 percent, a decrease that saves students $15.6 million on tuition and fees this year alone. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Ron Anderson, credits the decrease in remedial course placement to working closely with districts to align curriculum and assessments, using multiple measures to accurately place students, and providing for accelerated options to speed student completion. Read more from Twin Cities Pioneer Press, and for more on collaborating with K-12 to improve student success, see our report Seizing the Moment.


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What Does it Take to Get Students Ready for College?

August 18, 2016 — Collaboration with local high schools is key, according to Community College Research Center’s Elisabeth Barnett and Elizabeth Ganga’s opinion piece in The Hechinger Report. Transition courses designed to fill in gaps in students’ high school education and to get them ready for college were in place in 29 states as of late 2012, but new research from CCRC outlines ways to maximize their effectiveness, including an overview outlining the state of knowledge about the courses  as well as a report on implementation in California, Tennessee, New York, and West Virginia earlier this year. Without an agreement with  higher ed that the transition courses satisfy remediation requirements, students may still have to take a placement test when they get to college; meanwhile, a lack of feedback on how transition course students fare in college leaves K-12 unsure of whether the courses are effective or need improvement — underscoring the need for collaboration with K-12 and higher ed.


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Illinois Community College Board Announces Lowered Remediation Rates

July 28, 2016 — Diverse Education reports that “between 2011 and 2015, the state has seen a 24-percent reduction in the number of community college students enrolling in developmental education,” according to officials from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The third largest system in the nation credits its successes — despite severe budget issues — to both system-wide and college-specific initiatives around co-requisite remediation and greater collaboration with local high schools. Read more from Diverse Education here, and for more on community colleges collaborating with K-12 to reduce remediation, see our report, Seizing the Moment.


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Oregon’s Public University and Community College Placement Policy Starts this Fall

July 26, 2016 — Oregon students will be able to use high school test scores to prove they are ready for college-level courses for the first time this fall. Last year, leaders of the state’s public universities and community colleges agreed to waive placement tests for students who scored 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced test in English language arts and math in order to help bridge the gap between high school and higher education. Read more from the Bend Bulletin, or learn about how leveraging rigorous high school assessments can support your intuition’s student success agenda from the first issue of our alignment policy brief series.


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Cal State Students Get On Track at Rio Hondo College First

July 20, 2016 —  A two-year, $2-million grant to the Rio Hondo community college district — one of five totaling $10 million awarded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office — provides resources for Rio Hondo to work with area high schools, adult schools and CSU Los Angeles (CSU LA) to improve the chances of success for students with challenges in English and math through a trio of interventions, including a summer bridge program, winter math booster, and a supplemental peer tutoring system. In addition to offering classes and support services, Rio Hondo also will work with area high schools and adult schools to ensure that curriculum aligns effectively with from K-12, to community college and the university system through CSU LA. Read more from CCDaily, and for more on community colleges collaborating with K-12, see our report, Seizing the Moment.


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