Using College Admission Test Scores to Clarify High School Placement

This brief from the Annenberg Institute outlines the use of college admission test scores in high school class placement. The author indicates why theses test are useful in a high school application and how this indicator is measured by school districts. The author also provides guidance for how districts can use data from these tests to implement interventions and reform strategies.

The Connection Strategy: Preparing Young People to Succeed in College and Beyond

This report describes how some of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s education grantees in Atlanta are working to increase the instances of students in the community moving on from secondary to postsecondary life. The author highlights the strategy known as "P-16" which aims to link education strategies from preschool through college graduation. Lessons learned provide insight for other communities undertaking this approach. This report would be most useful for state and community leaders working to graduate students prepared for postsecondary success.

Creating College Readiness: Profiles of 38 Schools That Know How

This report provides a profile of 38 schools and details how these schools have implemented strategies to promote and advance college readiness. The report outlines each school, characteristics that make the school unique, and lessons learned from undertaking particular strategies. The report is organized into six sections: 1) alternative schools, 2) charter schools, 3) comprehensive schools, 4) early college high schools, 5) magnet schools, and 6) private schools. In several cases, schools may have utilized more than one strategy to achieve their goal.

Stepping It Up: Building Pathways to College Success in Pennsylvania and Nationwide

This paper presents findings from the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference on Higher Education in March 2009 surrounding ways to improve college success. The paper presents four steps to achieving this derived from analysis of the presentations. The steps include: 1) identifying the challenges to increased college success; 2) creating and action plan for success; 3) putting the plan into action; and, 4) working together to increase college success.

Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle The Dropout Crisis

This guidebook is a step-by-step guide for schools, families and the community on how to be involved in addressing the dropout crisis. The authors provide research-based information and tools with each section to be used in implementing programs specific to the community. Each section provides background information on topics relevant to the community as a whole such as the cost of high dropout rates, along with questions techniques, strategies, and additional resources to address the community needs.

Math Works

The Math Works materials are part of an online toolkit from Achieve, Inc. that provide resources for policymakers, educators, and other education stakeholders on the importance of rigorous math to postsecondary life. The toolkit includes a series of brochures that illustrate how math is used in a variety of work areas, as well as fact sheets that provide specific arguments as to benefits of high school math on other aspects of life.

Lining Up: The Relationship Between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Comparison Standards

This report by EPIC addresses three research questions for each of the two subject areas for which Common Core State Standards have been developed, namely, English language arts and literacy, and mathematics: 1.) To what extent are the knowledge and skills found in the comparison standards the same as or different from what is described in the Common Core State Standards? 2.) What is the cognitive complexity level of the Common Core State Standards and to what extent are the matched comparison standards at a higher or lower level of cognitive complexity?

Mathematics and Science Achievement and Course-Taking for College-Bound High School Students

This article from ACT examines how successful schools were at helping students achieve the standards set by the Goals 2000 project for mathematics and science education. By encouraging students to take a core curriculum in high school, high school faculty, staff, and administrators would be increasing their students’ achievement in mathematics and science. The authors conclude that attention needs to be paid both to identifying non-core takers and to motivating them to lay a foundation for future successes by taking a core curriculum.

Bridging the Gap Between High School and College

This study evaluated the effects of English, mathematics, and career development curriculum on high school sophomore and junior American Indian students’ academic achievement in Nizhoni Academy, a five-week summer program. Data from teacher-constructed math and English pre and posttests and a questionnaire regarding students’ feelings related to career goals and opportunities available to them after graduation were examined. Results revealed that the academy improved test scores in both content areas and prepared American Indian students for college.

Gender Differences in College Preparedness: A Statewide Study

This study of high school students examines the gender differences in college-ready performance in reading, math and both subjects, and on the American College Test (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Less than one-third of all students were said to be college-ready in both math and reading, and statistically significant differences were revealed in the subject areas and SAT average scores.


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