ERIC Number: ED502843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Making the Dream a Reality: Action Steps for States to Prepare All Students for College and Career
Every day, 6,000 American high school students drop out of school--bored, frustrated, or so far behind that they've given up. That is the visible crisis in American education, one that has drawn extensive attention from governors, legislators, educators, pundits, and the press. Affecting even greater numbers of students, however, is the invisible crisis--the more than 1 million students each year who remain in school, assuming that they are on target to graduate from high school ready for college and career when indeed they are not. For many, even if they graduate, their diplomas will be largely meaningless. They, not to mention their families, will be shocked to learn that they are not prepared to earn credits in college or to qualify for the high-wage, high-opportunity jobs of the future, their diplomas notwithstanding. This report addresses the latter crisis. ACT envisions a day when every American student will benefit from: (1) Fewer--but essential--high school standards that are valued by colleges and employers; (2) Common academic expectations recognizing the reality that students need a comparable level of knowledge and skills, whether they're going to college or work; (3) Clear messages about what level of performance is "good enough" to demonstrate college readiness; (4) A rigorous curriculum that guarantees both the right number and the right kinds of courses taught by well-qualified teachers; (5) An early monitoring and intervention system that helps middle schoolers make a successful transition to high school; and (6) A longitudinal data system that helps students stay on target by monitoring their performance from the early years through college. These six actions, if adopted by states, will create the policy framework that will ensure that any American student who earns a high school diploma truly is prepared for college and career.
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Credits, Academic Achievement, Standard Setting, Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Policy, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Status Comparison, Student Educational Objectives, Developmental Studies Programs
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.