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Achieve, Inc., 2018
There is a growing body of research that suggests the first year of high school is a critical transition point for students. It also finds course-taking and successful completion of those courses in 9th grade to be valuable predictors of students' success in high school. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, State Policy, Educational Policy, Program Implementation
Achieve, Inc., 2018
In today's economy, preparation for career or college is essential. Yet too few students graduate with the knowledge or skills to directly enter college or a career. The time students spend in on-the-job training or catching up in remedial courses cost students and their families more both in time and money. Many of these students are caught off…
Descriptors: State Standards, Achievement Gap, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Achieve, Inc., 2017
States cannot make good policy and practice decisions--and ultimately cannot improve student performance--if they do not have basic information about how students are performing along the way. As such, Achieve focused on states' publicly reported student performance against college- and career-ready (CCR) indicators in all 50 states and the…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Educational Indicators, Statistical Data, Graduation Rate
Achieve, Inc., 2016
In 2015, Achieve first released "Proficient vs. Prepared," showing large disparities between most state test results and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). With states taking action to transition to new, more rigorous tests over the past couple of years and also setting new levels of proficiency or cut scores, states…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Achievement, Grade 4, Grade 8
Achieve, Inc., 2016
Every state has made the college and career readiness of its high school graduates a major priority, but few are doing a good job monitoring how well the education system is delivering on that goal. States mostly rely on high school graduation rates to gauge progress. While there have been signifcant improvements in the high school graduation…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Achieve, Inc., 2016
As states continue to evolve and implement their accountability and public reporting systems in 2016 and beyond, they have an opportunity to select indicators that inform continuous improvement, guide decisions about resource allocation, inform policies, capture progress, and factor into accountability determinations. Achieve and Advance CTE have…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, State Standards, Educational Indicators, Accountability
Achieve, Inc., 2016
For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state's adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. Having the right policies is necessary to ensure that students graduate academically prepared for college and…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Educational Policy
Achieve, Inc., 2016
States across the country are embracing innovation in education. In recent years, there has been an increase in district pilots that re-envision student learning by promoting competency-based pathways. States have supported these pilots, or "Innovation Zones," in the hopes that lessons learned can inform their broader vision and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Competency Based Education, Pilot Projects, Educational Policy
Domaleski, Chris; Gong, Brian; Hess, Karin; Marion, Scott; Curl, Cory; Peltzman, Alissa – Achieve, Inc., 2015
Across the nation, state and local leaders have embraced two critical goals for public education: quality and equity. Students should be better prepared than they have been in the past; the goal now is for all students to graduate from high school ready for college and career. All students, regardless of race, economic background or geographic…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Student Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Educational Assessment
Achieve, Inc., 2015
Today's economy demands that "all" young people develop high-level literacy, quantitative reasoning, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills, all grounded in a rigorous, content-rich K-12 curriculum. Acquiring this knowledge and these skills ensures that high school graduates are academically prepared to pursue the…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach
Achieve, Inc., 2015
In December 2013, while attending Achieve's Annual State Leadership Team Meeting in Alexandria, VA, leaders from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont issued a call to action to create a national movement for postsecondary leaders to signal their support for proficiency-based and competency-based high school diplomas and…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Academic Records, High Schools, Postsecondary Education
Voss, Hans – Achieve, Inc., 2015
As states and districts transition to college- and career-ready standards and aligned assessments, the need for high-quality instructional materials is clear. Open Educational Resources (OER) offer a low-cost solution with high potential to assist teachers nationwide in helping students meet the demands of higher standards. More and more…
Descriptors: State Policy, College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Standards
Achieve, Inc., 2015
Today's economy demands that all young people develop high-level literacy, quantitative reasoning, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills, all grounded in a rigorous and content-rich K-12 curriculum. Acquiring these skills ensures that high school graduates are academically prepared to pursue the future of their choosing.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Scores, State Standards
Guarino, Heidi; Yoder, Shaun – Achieve, Inc., 2015
"Seizing the Future: How Ohio's Career and Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real-World Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Work," demonstrates Ohio's progress in developing strong policies for career and technical education (CTE) programs to promote rigor, including college- and career-ready graduation…
Descriptors: Technical Education, Career Education, Career Readiness, College Readiness
Bayerl, Katie – Achieve, Inc., 2015
"Best of Both Worlds: How Massachusetts Vocational Schools are Preparing Students for College and Careers," highlights the state's policies that promote strong programming. Massachusetts encourages the completion of MassCore, the state's college- and career-ready course of study, incentivizes rigorous academic standards through school…
Descriptors: Vocational Schools, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Educational Policy
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