Aligned Assessments and Proactive Admissions in South Dakota

October 10, 2017  — In South Dakota, 11th grade students who score at Level 3 or 4 in English and math on Smarter Balanced assessments, or earn an ACT composite score of 18, are now guaranteed “general acceptance” to the state’s six public universities and four technical institutes – though students might have to meet additional requirements to pursue specific majors. Students who receive the letters of guaranteed general acceptance must submit an admission application, pay the fee, and send in their high school transcripts by Dec. 1 of their senior year. Their enrollment is contingent on graduating from high school, though the acceptance is automatic. Read more from Edweek.

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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.