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College and Career Readiness

Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion: State Policies to Support a Statewide College- and Career-Readiness Agenda

Changing How Students Learn and Teachers Teach

Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion: Transitional Courses for College and Career Readiness

Beyond the Rhetoric: Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy

State College and Career Readiness Initiative Final Progress Reports

State College and Career Readiness Initiative: Statewide Transitional Courses for College Readiness

Teacher Development to Increase College and Career Readiness-Guidelines and Promising Practices for States

Dave Spence

Today's workplace requires most Americans to have some form of education beyond high school. Yet more than half of high school students are not graduating well-prepared to be successful in credit-bearing, entry-level courses in colleges or technical schools.

Solving this problem is complex and requires navigating many educational issues on a statewide level. SREB is tackling the challenge head-on, with work to help states in a number of areas.

SREB's Agenda for College and Career Readiness

Based on years of experience with member states, SREB has developed and refined a model college- and career-readiness agenda that defines the key steps each state should take to improve students' readiness statewide. SREB recommends that state policy should address each of these elements.

Adopt statewide college-readiness standards, that K-12 and postsecondary institutions agree on, for literacy and mathematics skills.

Assess high school juniors on their progress toward achieving the readiness standards.

Offer transitional readiness courses and require juniors assessed as underprepared to take the classes in 11th or 12th grade.

Apply the standards in postsecondary institutions, in deciding whether students are placed in credit-bearing courses or need additional learning support after they are admitted.

Hold schools accountable for increasing postsecondary readiness as an important criterion in school accountability systems.

Read the policy brief >

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