ERIC Number: ED490192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Closing the Expectations Gap, 2006: An Annual 50-State Progress Report on the Alignment of High School Policies with the Demands of College and Work
In February 2005, Achieve and the National Governors Association sponsored a National Education Summit on High Schools at which governors from 45 states, business leaders and education officials addressed the preparation gap that leaves many high school graduates unprepared for success in college and the workplace. The Summit helped focus the nation's attention on how our schools, our students and our economy intersect, and it coalesced support for an action agenda to revitalize America's high schools. The agenda included raising academic standards and graduation requirements, building stronger data and measurement systems, better preparing teachers, redesigning high schools, and holding both the K?12 and postsecondary systems accountable for improved performance. In an effort to monitor state progress toward the Summit goals, Achieve surveyed all 50 states in December 2005 on a key subset of the policies from the Summit action agenda -- those focused on aligning high school academic standards, course requirements, assessments, and data and accountability systems with postsecondary and workplace expectations. In most states there is a large gap between what high schools expect and what colleges and employers demand, an expectations gap. This report examines progress states are making in closing the gap. (Contains 18 end notes.)
Descriptors: High School Graduates, High Schools, Graduation Requirements, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Policy, Education Work Relationship, College Preparation, Academic Standards, Educational Improvement, State Surveys, Employment Qualifications, Student Evaluation
Achieve, Inc., 1775 Eye Street NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-419-1540; Fax: 202-828-0911.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.