ESSA stipulates that state academic standards and technical standards are aligned with postsecondary entrance requirements. The following resources highlight some strategies such as competency-based education that states can consider to ensure students are ready for postsecondary success.
Evidence-Based Practices Supporting College and Career Readiness in High School: Early College High School | July 2017
Early college high schools are partnerships between secondary and postsecondary institutions and businesses that allow students to earn both a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree or postsecondary credit towards a bachelor’s degree. This evidence-based practice provides a learning environment that enhances students’ education experience and improves student outcomes in high school and postsecondary education.
State Policies to Support Competency-Based Education for Overage, Under-Credited Students | April 2016
Competency-based education (CBE) is one emerging strategy for addressing the needs of at-risk youth because it is personalized to individual students, offers self-paced instruction, and ensures mastery of specific content and skills. This brief discusses how CBE can support OA/UC students and provide recommendations for how other states can develop and implement CBE policies.
Predictors of Postsecondary Success | November 2013
This brief summarizes early childhood through early postsecondary education research that identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success. This information can support policymakers and practitioners as they begin to develop and validate factors that identify students who are on a path to postsecondary success as early as prekindergarten and throughout their academic career.