ERIC Number: ED457757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Reporting on College Readiness: Information That Connects Colleges and Schools. College Readiness Series.
Creech, Joseph D.
Most colleges and high schools in states served by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) have reports each year on how high school graduates perform as college freshmen. These reports can help college faculty and high school teachers work together to improve student learning in college preparatory courses, and the information in the reports can help students and parents see the value of coursework preparing students for college. SREB states differ in their method of gathering and reporting information, the kind of information they report, and the level of detail in the reports. The systems do have some things in common. Most reports show how many high school graduates enroll in college and how the college attendance patterns of graduates from one high school compare with those of graduates from other schools statewide. Reports also indicate how well high school graduates are prepared and how many have advanced standing or need remedial work. Schools can sue the information to strengthen connections between high schools and colleges and to increase awareness of what students should know and be able to do. This paper describes several examples of the kinds of reports states provide, focusing on the program in Oklahoma, which goes beyond basic reporting to connect planning and academic and career guidance with instructional support for students and professional development for teachers. The example of Oklahoma shows how it is possible to use information about high school graduates as a steppingstone to more effective partnerships and programs to improve students' preparation for college. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, College Preparation, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, School Readiness
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 ($2.50 handling fee). Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.