September 21, 2017 — Tennessee Promise’s students are showing signs of improvement from previous year. 56 percent of Tennessee Promise students who entered college in 2015 had graduated, transferred to a four-year university or remained in school two years later, compared to 39 percent of recent high school graduates outside of Tennessee Promise had done the same. Meanwhile, 61 percent of non-Promise students who went from high school to community college in 2015 dropped out within two years, compared to only 44 percent of Tennessee Promise students dropped out in the same time frame. Despite these success, enrollment gaps raise equity questions, since minority students were less likely than white students to participate in Tennessee Promise, with 71 percent of eligible white community college students – yet only 46 percent of eligible black students and 56 percent of Hispanic students – enrolled in 2015. Tennessee also plans to take steps to target students who are still enrolled and push them to finish, looking at data regarding specific majors course loads and summer enrollment, among other factors. For more information on Tennessee’s effort to improve student success, check out our alignment brief on TN SAILS.
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.
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of standards and/or assessments.
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.