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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.
Creating jobs is a top priority in the Southern states, and a better-educated workforce is an important strategy. SREB’s college completion initiatives urge states to adopt policies that will substantially increase the number of residents who complete a postsecondary credential each year.
The goal: a higher percentage of state residents who hold college degrees or certificates
State goals to increase college completion and close achievement gaps depend, in large part, on public community colleges. They enroll almost half of U.S. undergraduate students and the vast majority of those least likely to earn a degree. Community colleges are affordable and accessible. And yet too few students complete degrees, certificates or transfers.
The most important thing a school can do for a student’s education is to ensure he or she has a good teacher.
To do this, states and districts need to create systems and cultures of feedback, evaluation and support that help educators continually improve.
Our team helps design policies and implement practices that support effective teaching, so students learn more in their classrooms and reach their long-term goals.
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