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ERIC Number: ED489216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Improving the High School-to-College Transition through Leadership and Governance. Issue Brief
Conklin, Kristin D.
National Governors Association
Governors are united in their commitment to improve America's high schools. Nationwide, only 71 percent of students graduate from high school, and only 18 percent of high school freshmen go on to complete a college degree on time. Deficits in basic skills cost colleges, businesses, and underprepared high school graduates as much as $16 billion annually in lost productivity and remedial costs. The 2005 National Education Summit on High Schools, cohosted by the National Governors Association (NGA) and Achieve, Inc., unveiled "An Action Agenda for Improving America's High Schools" to help governors address this problem. One of the "Action Agenda's" recommendations is to improve statewide education leadership and governance. Currently, statewide education governance is fragmented. In almost every state, state boards and agencies for K-12 and postsecondary education operate independently and are not held accountable for common goals or education outcomes. Most states also lack a way to coordinate policies for high schools with those for public two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. Consequently, high school students, their parents, and educators receive conflicting and vague messages about what students need to know and be able to do to transition to the next education level. Governors can pursue three strategies to improve statewide education leadership and governance: (1) Create a single governance system for kindergarten (or early childhood) through postsecondary education; (2) Create a permanent statewide education commission; and (3) Strengthen statewide governance or coordination of higher education. (Contains 14 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Kindergarten
Audience: Parents; Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association. Center for Best Practices.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A