State Policies for High School Graduation and Postsecondary Readiness

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High School to College and Career

In 2002, SREB began comparing and analyzing state policies that support high school success, college readiness and postsecondary completion. Since then, state leaders across the SREB region have introduced college and career readiness policies. They have also strengthened state policies to create better alignment between high school graduation requirements and postsecondary admissions, while providing for greater accelerated learning opportunities and stronger academic and career planning.

Follow the links below for a closer look at each state’s high school and postsecondary policies. 

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College and Career Readiness Definitions

Most SREB states define college and career readiness. Some states have separate definitions for each. While states continue to focus on postsecondary readiness for their students, SREB encourages state development of separate and thorough definitions for both college readiness and career readiness to help guide appropriate goals and policies. (Updated August, 2017)

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College and Career Planning in K-12

To help get students ready for college or a career by the end of high school, many SREB states have implemented college and career planning measures in earlier grades. These include activities such as student success or graduation planning; meeting with advisors, tutors and mentors, and programs aimed at supporting subgroups who traditionally struggle to succeed in high school. (Updated December, 2017)

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High School Graduation Requirements

State requirements for a standard high school diploma vary. These include specific courses students must complete, pathway options for different types of diplomas (where applicable), credit requirements and high school assessments. (Updated August, 2017)

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Accelerated Learning Options in High School

Accelerated learning options provide students the opportunity to take college and career technical courses while in high school. Options include dual enrollment and dual credit courses, early college, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and credit by exam. (Updated August, 2017)

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Postsecondary Admissions Requirements

Admission policies vary by individual institutions, by institution type and statewide. These include high school course-taking requirements, high school GPA and standardized exam score submissions. In most cases, states set minimum requirements while institutions may set additional admission standards. (Updated August, 2017)

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Postsecondary Placement Policies

Placement policies are set by individual institutions, by institution type and at the state-level. Institutions use placement policies to determine whether students are permitted to take college-credit courses or are required to take remedial courses. (Updated November, 2017)

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State Financial Aid for Undergraduates

States provide different types and amounts of aid to undergraduate students for postsecondary education. State financial aid typically falls under three categories – merit-based, need-based and non-grant-based. Merit aid is usually awarded for a student’s academic achievements in high school, as well as for special talents and unique traits, such as musical or athletic skills. Need-based aid is usually reserved for low-income students and non-grant aid includes loan and work study programs. Most SREB states allocate more funding to merit-based aid. (Updated January, 2018)

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Postsecondary Feedback to High Schools

Statewide policies govern postsecondary feedback reports to high schools. These contain information such as college enrollment rates and performance of recent graduates. These reports help to influence K-12 education policies and inform schools on whether they are adequately preparing graduates for postsecondary endeavors. (Updated October, 2017)

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Alabama
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Alabama aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Arkansas
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Arkansas aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Delaware
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Delaware aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Florida
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Florida aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Georgia
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Georgia aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Kentucky
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Kentucky aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Louisiana
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Louisiana aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Maryland
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Maryland aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Mississippi
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Mississippi aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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North Carolina
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how North Carolina aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Oklahoma
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Oklahoma aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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South Carolina
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how South Carolina aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Tennessee
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Tennessee aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Texas
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Texas aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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Virginia
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Virginia aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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West Virginia
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how West Virginia aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.