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1 Education watch online

Education Trust | n.d.

Ed Watch Interactive is a user-friendly source of data on educational performance and equity by race and class, kindergarten through college. Through this site, users can select, access and compare the state and national data that form the core of Ed Watch reporting.

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: High School/HS Reform, Minority/Race/Ethnicity

2 Academic progress rate (APR)

National Collegiate Athletic Association | n.d.

Search this website by institution name to view the academic performance of different NCAA teams through the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a real-time measure of how many of a team’s scholarship athletes are on track to receive a degree. For the APR, each scholarship athlete can receive a maximum of two points per term: one for finishing in good academic standing and another for remaining enrolled at the institution. A team’s APR is calculated by (...) Read More

Topic: Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Athletes (College), Gender, Minority/Race/Ethnicity

3 Statewide scaling toolkit for Completion by Design

Jobs for the Future | n.d.

Completion by Design (CBD) is a partnership between nine community colleges across three states to redesign the college experience. Many state-level policymakers have indicated their interest in the redesign principles of CBD and the four phases of the Preventing Loss, Creating Momentum Framework. This toolkit from Jobs for the Future (JFF) was developed to highlight the learning process of the three CBD state organizations including Florida College System, North Carolina Community College System, and the (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Community College, State Policy

4 Tips for educators on helping students and families get financial aid

Institute of Education Sciences, & What Works Clearinghouse | n.d.

Financial aid makes college affordable and accessible, especially for first-generation and low-income students. Unfortunately, these students often lack knowledge of financial aid or find the application and forms to be daunting. This online resource from the Institute of Education Sciences and What Works Clearinghouse was created for educators to help increase families' financial awareness and help students apply for financial aid. To use, simply hover your cursor over the image to get additional information and (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Affordability/College Costs, Borrowing/Loans/Debt/Default, Financial Aid - Policy, (...) More Keywords

5 Let's get real: Deeper learning and the power of the workplace

Hoffman, N. | 2015

Despite Americans spending a larger portion of their lives working, our education system does little to prepare young people for the working world. The February 2015 report from Jobs for the Future argues that career readiness is not an outcome of the curriculum but a process. The employment rate for urban, low income teens of color currently stands at roughly 10 percent, meaning that the majority of high school and college graduates do not have (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, Employment During College, High School/HS Reform, (...) More Keywords

6 Providing incentives for timely progress toward earning a college degree: Results from a performance-based scholarship experiment

Binder, M., Krause, K., Miller, C., & Cerna, O. | 2015

While generous financial aid is associated with increased college enrollment, it does not guarantee degree completion. This June 2015 working paper from MDRC presents the effects of a performance-based scholarship offered to low-income freshmen at the University of New Mexico after five years. The program, Vision Inspired Scholarship through Academic Achievement (VISTA), provided cash payments for four semesters to students meeting the program criteria. While VISTA did not improve retention rates or grades, it did (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Academic and Social Support - College, Affordability/College Costs, Borrowing/Loans/Debt/Default, (...) More Keywords

7 Providing more cash for college: Interim findings from the performance-based scholarship demonstration in California

Richburg-Hayes, L., Patel, R., Brock, T., de la Campa, E., Rudd, T., & Valenzuela, I. | 2015

Despite federal and state programs designed to ensure more equitable access to postsecondary education, policymakers and education leaders continue to struggle with how to increase postsecondary attendance and completion rates as the number of college graduates continually fail to meet demand. This June 2015 report from MDRC presents early findings from an evaluation of performance-based scholarships targeting college-bound high school seniors in California, a program called Cash for College Performance-Based Scholarship (CFC-PBS) Demonstration. In order (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Borrowing/Loans/Debt/Default, Community College, Federal Policy, (...) More Keywords

8 Laying the foundations: Early findings from the New Mathways Project

Rutschow, E. Z., & Diamond, J. | 2015

Developmental math courses often stand as a barrier for community college students pursuing degrees, and while many reforms in remedial math education focus on shortening these courses' structure and sequence, the New Mathways Project (NMP) reimagines their content. This April 2015 report from MDRC examines the implementation and early outcomes of the NMP, launched by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. This project offers accelerated, non-algebra intensive, and career-oriented (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: College Learning/Curriculum, Community College, First Year of College, (...) More Keywords

9 Using workforce information for degree program planning in Texas

Goldman, C. A., Butterfield, L., Lavery, D., Miller, T., Daugherty, L., Beleche, T., & Han, B. | 2015

In an effort to better align higher education and workforce needs, the Texas legislature passed HB 1296 in May 2013, which requires the Texas Education Agency to report to students in public schools about needs in institutions of higher education and the state’s workforce. This legislation also stipulates that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission collaborate to publish information on the state’s future workforce needs to guide decisions regarding postsecondary (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Community College, Data-Driven Decision Making/Conducting Evaluation, Four-Year College, (...) More Keywords

10 Early college designs: Achieving college- and career-readiness for all

Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy | 2015

Remediation, lack of college guidance, limited academic preparation, and tuition costs are all potential barriers to a college education. With 41% of Massachusetts high school students graduating in 2007 earning a postsecondary degree six years later, school officials, policymakers, and researchers are looking for innovative solutions to increase college enrollment and degree completion. This 2015 study from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center presents findings on (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), Low-income, Minority/Race/Ethnicity

11 Best of both worlds: How Massachusetts vocational schools are preparing students for college and careers

Achieve | 2015

Many vocational schools in Massachusetts are now combining the state’s recommended curriculum with vocational education to give students a wide range of options after graduation. This June 2015 report from Achieve offers a view into innovative vocational programs in Massachusetts that combine academic and technical training through student profiles and data on student and postsecondary outcomes. Essex Technical High School, a vocational school with an expanded focus on college- and career-readiness, offers both Advanced Placement (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep)

12 Leading in an era of change: On the ground: How districts and schools can make the most of Course Access

Foundation for Excellence in Education | 2015

Some states have implemented Course Access policies, which allow public school students to choose from a wider selection of quality courses across learning environments in order to meet the unique needs of students, schools, and districts. This July 2015 report from the Foundation for Excellence in Education builds on their previous report Leading in an Era of Change: Making the Most of Course Access Programs to discuss district implementation of Course Access. This paper includes (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), High School/HS Reform

13 Building a strong relationship between competency-based pathways and career technical education

Achieve & National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) | 2015

To the meet the expectation that all high school graduates are college and career ready, schools in some states are exploring how to combine competency-based pathways (CBP), a student-centered approach to learning, and career technical education (CTE). This July 2015 brief from Achieve and National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) identifies and discusses leverage points and key considerations for schools wishing to integrate CBP and CTE, and incorporates examples of (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), High School/HS Reform

14 Defining high-quality CTE: Contemporary perspectives on CTE quality

Imperatore, C., & Hyslop, A. | 2015

Supporting high-quality career and technical education has been a central part of the conversation on college and career readiness, and while state and federal accountability systems can distinguish high-performing from low-performing programs, this does not help those in the field understand or replicate best practices. This July 2015 report from the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) is the first part of a multistep project to analyze and test a framework of comprehensive, research-based (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), High School/HS Reform

15 Closing the expectations gap: 2014 annual report on the alignment of state K-12 policies and practice with the demands of college and careers

Achieve, Inc. | 2015

There is a persistent expectations gap in today’s educational system, a difference in what students must complete to earn a high school diploma and what employers and/or postsecondary institutions require. This January 2015 report from Achieve surveys state policies to ascertain whether or not they have the necessary practices in place to support college and career readiness for all students. Findings include that 23 states and the District of Columbia require college- and career-ready curriculum (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Expectations/College-Going Culture/Peer Support, Preparation/College-readiness, (...) More Keywords

16 The role of business in promoting educational attainment: A national imperative

Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board | 2015

Given that 40% of Americans have college degrees in an economic era that requires a highly skilled workforce, businesses are stepping in to support the continued education of their employees. This February 2015 report from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board studied how employers in the metropolitan areas surrounding Memphis, Detroit, New York City, and Miami aid in their employee’s educational attainment. The report describes business practices employers are currently using, challenges (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Employment During College, Parent/Community/Business Sector Involvement

17 The new forgotten half and research directions to support them

Rosembaum, J., Ahearn, C., Becker, K., & Rosenbaum, J. | 2015

In 1988, the William T. Grant Foundation published “The Forgotten Half: Pathways to Success for America’s Youth and Young Families” describing the lack of support for non-college bound youth, calling them “the forgotten half.” This January 2015 report from the William T. Grant Foundation analyzes data from the nationally representative Educational Longitudinal Survey (ELS), which followed the graduating class of 2004 from their sophomore year in 2002 until the year 2012. It describes the circumstances, (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Near Completion | Keywords: Community College, Enrollment Patterns (e.g. Part-time, Stopouts, 'Swirling'), Persistence/Retention/Attrition

18 Foundations for young adult success: A developmental framework

Nagoka, J., Farrington, C. A., Ehrlich, S. B., & Heath, R. D. | 2015

While education and workforce development are important pieces of investing in young adults, ensuring that young people achieve their individual goals and are empowered to change the world around them is a larger goal interrelated with college and career readiness. This June 2015 concept paper for research and practice synthesizes research, theory, and knowledge from multiple disciplines to establish a common understanding of young peoples’ developmental needs and propose a developmental framework for their successful (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, College Access Programs | Keywords: Expectations/College-Going Culture/Peer Support, Preparation/College-readiness, Student Engagement

19 The condition of college & career readiness 2014: National

ACT, Inc. | 2014

In order to measure high school students’ college readiness, ACT has established its College Readiness Benchmarks, scores on the ACT subject area tests that reflect a level of understanding necessary to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the same subject’s credit-bearing first-year college class. This 2014 annual report from ACT, Inc. gives a profile of the college readiness of the (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, High School/HS Reform, Preparation/College-readiness

20 The educational attainment of Chicago Public Schools students: A focus on four-year college degrees

Healey, K., Nagaoka, J., & Michelman, V. | 2014

While 75 percent of Chicago Public School (CPS) high school students aspire to attain a four-year college degree, 2006 data showed that few achieved this goal. This December 2014 research brief from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research updates this data, called the "degree attainment index" and describes three key milestones that comprise it including high school graduation, four-year college enrollment, and bachelor's degree completion. The 2014 degree attainment matrix is 14 (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Data-Driven Decision Making/Conducting Evaluation, Enrollment Patterns (e.g. Part-time, Stopouts, 'Swirling'), Four-Year College, (...) More Keywords

21 Measuring hard-to-measure student competencies

Stecher, B. M., & Hamilton, L. S. | 2014

Current attention on reforming curricula and assessments for a rigorous education focused on college- and career-readiness emphasizes the importance of academic skills, but a growing body of research also points to the relevance of interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies including communication and resilience. This 2014 report from the RAND Corporation seeks to outline a guide for educators and policymakers about establishing measures of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. The authors emphasize the importance of thoughtful development, practical (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Assessment, Preparation/College-readiness

22 Beyond the GED: Promising models for moving high school dropouts to college

Rutschow, E. Z., & Crary-Ross, S. | 2014

Due to globalization and technological advancements, today’s economy demands a more specialized and skilled workforce, in which possessing a GED certificate does not guarantee success in the job market. This January 2014 report from MDRC analyzes current strategies in adult education that lead dropouts toward receiving a GED certificate or another high school credential and transitioning into a postsecondary institution. Innovative approaches include creating rigorous adult education curricula, supporting students through admissions and financial aid, (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Alternative Schools/Pathways for High-Risk Youth (e.g. Dropouts, GED), Transition Issues

23 The mentoring effect: Young people’s perspectives on the outcomes and availability of mentoring

Bruce, M., & Bridgeland, J. | 2014

Having a caring adult can have a profound influence on an adolescent’s life; however, more than one in three people have never had an adult mentor. This population is less likely to graduate high school, attend college, and lead productive lives. This January 2014 report from Civic Enterprises shares the findings from the first nationally representative survey of young people’s perspectives on mentoring. Three areas of mentoring are examined; including mentoring’s connection to aspirations and (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, College Access Programs | Keywords: Graduation/Dropout Prevention - Secondary, High School/HS Reform, Low-income, (...) More Keywords

24 Looking forward to high school and college: Middle grade indicators of readiness in Chicago Public Schools

Allensworth, E.M., Gwynne, J.A., Moore, P., & De La Torre, M. | 2014

An increasing emphasis on college and career readiness has led to a greater focus on middle grades. Students difficulties in high school are often attributed to poor middle school preparation. This November 2014 report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research seeks to better understand the relationship between students' middle grades performance and subsequent performance in high school. The results show that early grades and attendance best predict future grades and failures. (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Data Systems, Graduation/Dropout Prevention - Secondary, Preparation/College-readiness

25 Equity in competency education: Realizing the potential, overcoming the obstacles

Lewis, M.W., Eden, R., Garber, C., Rudnick, M., Santibañez, L., & Tsai, T. | 2014

An increasing number of schools and states are turning to competency education, an approach fundamentally different from traditional time-based structures, to raise student achievement and prepare all students for college and careers. Rather than requiring students to spend a certain amount of time in school and promoting all students who earn a passing grade, students in a competency education setting progress at different rates and must demonstrate mastery of learning competencies aligned with state standards. (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, College Access Programs | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, High School/HS Reform, Low-income, (...) More Keywords

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