ERIC Number: ED499852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Aligning High School Graduation Requirements with the Real World: A Road Map for States. Policy Brief
The link between strong academic preparation in high school and success in college and careers is clearer than it has ever been. Recognizing that the standards students have to meet in the "real world" have become more demanding, governors and policymakers in a growing number of states are taking action to increase the requirements for earning a high school diploma, thus ensuring students graduate with the skills they need to be successful. This policy brief captures lessons learned by states that have put higher requirements in place. It addresses the most frequently cited challenges of policy design as well as strategies for implementation, communication and coalition building. Specifically, the brief describes how to: (1) determine the parameters of the graduation policy; (2) design an accountability system that provides schools with incentives to graduate students college and career ready; (3) plan for successful implementation; and (4) build support for the graduation policy. Also included is a chart showing comparison of state college- and career-ready high school graduation requirements.
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Requirements, Accountability, State Standards, State Surveys, State Regulation, College Preparation, High School Graduates, Public Education, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Standard Setting, Policy Formation, Educational Planning, Strategic Planning
Achieve, Inc. 1775 Eye Street NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-419-1540; Fax: 202-828-0911; Web site: http://www.achieve.org
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.