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ERIC Number: EJ1046350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
Developing College Readiness within and across School Districts: The Federal Role
Foley, Ellen; Mishook, Jacob; Lee, Jaein
Voices in Urban Education, n36 p7-17 Win-Spr 2013
Despite some cuts to the nation's oldest Federal College Access Programs, known as the TRIO programs (e.g., Upward Bound), new education policies have emphasized college and career readiness. In 2010, Congress approved the College Access Challenge Grant Program, which aims to increase the number of low-income students who are ready for college. Waivers of No Child Left Behind Act requirements have been granted to thirty-four states and the District of Columbia in exchange for adopting College and Career Ready standards, among other policies. Race to the Top applicants, which included forty-six states and more then 1,000 local education agencies, were also required to show that they had adopted those standards, and two consortia won Race to the Top grants to develop assessments, scheduled to premiere across the nation in 2014-2015, based on the Common Core State Standards. These are important developments. Unfortunately, however, they are not enough to ensure that all students graduate high school ready for college. In this article, the authors make suggestions about how to reframe current federal policy to promote a community-wide college readiness agenda, using lessons from U.S. school districts and their local communities. These recommendations focus on developing incentives and supports so that schools can learn from each other, build social ties across schools, and engage and sustain stakeholders in building a community-wide culture of college students. [Included with this article are three "sidebars": (1) In the Field: The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet; (2) In the Field: State-Supported Data Sharing between K-12 and Postsecondary Institutions in Texas; and (3) Preparing Students for the Transition from School to the World in Savannah, Georgia (Alethea Frazier Raynor).]
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Georgia; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top
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