Reforming Remediation to Support College Completion

March 21, 2017 — A new report College Completion: Focus on the Finish Line from the National Center for Developmental Education calls for closer collaboration between community colleges, public schools, and community services, improved teaching and learning and fully integrated courses and student support services as three main phases of college success. “Focus[ing] on the finish line, not just first hundred meters” means looking beyond just remediation to the full range of supports necessary to support student persistence, and ultimately, completion.


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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.

The State of American High School Graduates: What States Know (and don’t) about Student Performance

March 1, 2017 — State leaders need timely, actionable data in order to measure if supports to improve readiness are working. Achieve collected states’ publicly reported student performance against college- and career-ready indicators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in this year’s report on The State of American High School Graduates: What States Know (and Don’t) About Student Performance. As more K-12 and postsecondary systems are working together on issues of college readiness, persistence and completion, better data – including postsecondary enrollment, remediation, and persistence – is necessary to support student success.


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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.

Accelerate Student Transitions. Attack Education’s Toughest Challenges.

February 7, 2017 — Shannon Gilkey, Organizer for Higher Ed for Higher Standards and Director at Education Strategy Group, penned a blog post for the Hunt Institute, “Accelerate Student Transitions. Attack Education’s Toughest Challenges.” Highlighting TN SAILS and Smart Scholars in NY , this blog focuses on scaling successful models to smooth student transitions from K-12 to postsecondary into credit-bearing coursework.


Sign up to receive the Higher Ed for Higher Standards monthly e-newsletter or view our previous newsletters here.

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.

Modesto Covers NASH, SHEEO & HEfHS Joint Statement

July 20, 2015  With the results of new K-12 student assessments on the horizon, states have an opportunity to be proactive in communication with students and families about the new, more meaningful scores. Covering the recent release of the joint statement by NASH, SHEEO, and HEfHS, the Modesto Bee reports on the higher education community’s reiteration of the importance of higher standards and honest assessments. Read more here.


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Higher Ed Groups Reiterate Support for Standards in K-12

July 7, 2015 — A new joint statement released earlier today by NASH, SHEEO and Higher Ed for Higher Standards urges states to continue to promote higher standards in order to “identify and remediate problems with state preparation.” Read more at Inside Higher Ed.


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19 Major Groups Endorse Higher Standards

December 18, 2014

American Council on Education

In December, the American Council on Education wrote a letter to Higher Ed for Higher Standards on behalf of a group of higher ed leaders, stating that they “know the vital role high-quality college- and career-ready standards must play in reaching national attainment goals and preparing students to successfully participate in today’s global economy.”

The letter was sent on behalf of the following group of existing and new HEHS members:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Council on Education
  • American Dental Education Association
  • APPA, “Leadership in Educational Facilities”
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • EDUCAUSE
  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • ACT, Inc.

Read the full letter here.