Policy: State

The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates

For more than a decade, Achieve has reported on all 50 states’ policies concerning college and career readiness, such as state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. However, policies alone do not guarantee that students will graduate prepared for college and careers. This latest report from Achieve looks to examine measures and indicators of college and career readiness from each state, including students’ performance on college and career ready assessments, completion of a rigorous course of study, and earning college credit while in high school.

Beyond College Readiness: College Awareness as a First Step

This policy brief states that a student’s first steps toward college attendance begins with the student’s awareness of college and career options. However, in order to make students aware of postsecondary opportunities, state boards must first enhance their college readiness standards with college awareness initiatives. To that end, this brief provides two examples of initiatives in Oregon and Idaho that have done just that.

Race, Class, & College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape

As colleges and universities seek to educate an increasingly diverse American citizenry and achieve the associated educational aims, it is imperative that postsecondary leaders, policymakers, and researchers better understand the work and challenges facing institutions in this current legal climate. This report attempts to broaden that understanding and further much-needed dialogue on how institutions can best respond to a shifting policy and legal landscape at a time when access to postsecondary education has never been more vital and American citizenry never so diverse.

Community Colleges Expanded Role into Awarding Bachelor’s Degrees

A growing number of states allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees as one strategy to meet workforce demands, address affordability, and increase access to educational opportunities. This Education Commission of the States Policy Analysis examines state policies that allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees, summarizes arguments for and against these policies, and offers key policy considerations related to community college bachelor’s degree programs.

State Approaches to Funding Dual Enrollment

Students who dually enroll are more likely to finish high school and succeed in postsecondary education. Yet in many states, students and parents are largely—if not completely—responsible for covering dual-enrollment course costs, placing these courses out of reach of students in the greatest need. This Education Commission of the States policy analysis explores approaches states are taking to minimize or completely eliminate tuition and other costs for dually enrolled students.

Multiple Measures for College Readiness (ECS Education Trends report)

Roughly one third of all U.S. high school graduates do not enroll in college right after earning a diploma. An important factor in this transition is the demonstration of college readiness. To enhance students’ transitions, statewide and systemwide admission policies are beginning to assess college readiness through multiple measures. This ECS Education Trends report reviews these multiple measures, provides a deeper look at competency-based assessments, and offers policy considerations for state and system leaders.

New CCRS Center State Map Features—Identify How States Are Measuring and Supporting College and Career Readiness

States are implementing a variety of initiatives and policies to assess and support students’ college and career readiness. To help state leaders and policymakers identify trends and learn about innovative approaches to this work, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center has updated the CCRS Center interactive state map with new and streamlined content. The map provides an easy-to-navigate snapshot of state college and career readiness policies, metrics, and initiatives across all states.


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