New CCRS Center Brief: The District Role in Supporting College and Career Readiness for Students

As school systems across the country recommit themselves to ensuring college and career readiness and success, they must rely on districts to translate federal and state policies into the local context.

SAT and ACT Resources

One of our readers wrote in and suggested that we provide some guidance for high school students looking to take the SAT in the spring.  We thought this was a great idea and have compiled information regarding the exam.  We’ve also included information on the ACT, which was accepted in lieu of the SAT at all four year colleges in the U.S. as of 2007. What are the SAT and ACT?

How Effective Are College Access Programs?

The United States has slipped from being the world leader in 25-to-34 year-olds with post-secondary degrees in the 1980’s to ranking 12th today.[1]  There are a number of helpful avenues to prepare students for their journey into and through their postsecondary education, and college access programs are one option that provide services ranging from financial counseling to college visits and test preparation.

The Challenges of College Access and Success

On May 23, 2012, Let’s Get Ready, an organization focused on improving college access among disadvantaged youth hosted an event called, “The Challenges of College Access and Success.” Held at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, the event featured panelists Wendy Ault, Executive Director of the MELMAC Foundation; Janice Bonanno, Associate Vice President for Student Services at Bunker Hill Community College; Mary Bourque, Superintendent of Chelsea Public Schools; Greg Darnieder, Assistan

Secondary School Counselors Report a Striking Gap between Ideals and School Realities

In 2011, the College Board National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) conducted a national survey with a representative sample of 1,327 middle school counselors and 3,981 high school counselors to learn how they view their missions and roles and how they spend their days. The survey findings were recently discussed at the NOSCA fifth annual conference, held April 13-14 in Washington, DC.

Creating Equitable College-Going Cultures in High Schools

Last year, the National College Access Network (NCAN), Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California, Boston Public Schools, and ICF Macro collaborated on NCAN’s Student Success Toolkit Demonstration Project, piloting CUE’s Equity Scorecard™ in two Boston high schools.