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ERIC Number: ED509542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Aligning P-12 and Postsecondary Education toward a Seamless P-16 Education System. A College Readiness Issue Brief
TERi (The Education Resources Institute, Inc)
Surveys show that the overwhelming majority of youngsters in this country--regardless of race, income, or ethnic background--want to go to college. As rewarding 21st century jobs increasingly require postsecondary education, these ambitions have never been more important. Everyone must align the nation's divergent educational systems so that postsecondary aspirations can become a realistic, attainable goal for all students. P-16 alignment seeks to bridge the P-12 and postsecondary educational sectors in three critical areas: (1) Academic standards and curriculum expectations; (2) Testing and assessment; and (3) Early College opportunities. Policymakers, business and higher education leaders, superintendents, principals, counselors, and teachers can all play important roles in creating a far more aligned, seamless P-16 educational system. They must each work within their own sector and collaboratively across the P-16 continuum to align academic standards, assessment, and special programs in order to increase postsecondary success for all students. Specific actions each of them can take are discussed in this paper. (Contains 12 resources.)
Pathways to College Network. Available from: Institute for Higher Education Policy. 1320 19th Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-861-8223; Fax: 202-861-9307; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Counselors; Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Resources Institute, Pathways to College Network