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Sattem, Jennifer; Hyslop, Anne – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2021
Postsecondary education is vital to thrive, not just survive. Eighty percent of good-paying jobs require postsecondary education, and 56 percent require a bachelor's degree or higher. While the nation's high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 85 percent, students are insufficiently prepared for postsecondary education and the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Graduation Rate, Graduation Requirements, Graduation
Hyslop, Anne; Zhou, Ziyu – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2021
This policy guide, created in partnership with the College in High School Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center, Linked Learning Alliance, and National College Attainment Network, encourages state and district leaders to use federal coronavirus relief funds to improve college access and success, especially for students who are historically…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, COVID-19, Federal Legislation, Pandemics
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2021
With a rapidly globalizing and automating economy, there never has been a better time to have the right skills--or a worse time to have the wrong ones. The right skills include a combination of the academic, technical, and social-emotional preparation necessary to succeed in the workplace. Some students may begin careers right after high school,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Career Development, Career Readiness, State Policy
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2021
In the upcoming reconciliation bill, the U.S. Congress is urged to address the substantial decline in college enrollment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic by: (1) expanding access to dual enrollment programs as part of free community college packages; and (2) expanding and investing in activities to support students' transition from high school…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Declining Enrollment, Dual Enrollment, Access to Education
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2020
Educators are on the front line of the national response to COVID-19. Although school buildings are closed nationwide, schools remain central to the national strategy for meeting families' basic needs while educators strive to continue teaching students remotely. Long-standing gaps in educational opportunity and access have been further exposed…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Districts
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2020
Linked Learning transforms student learning experiences by bringing meaning and motivation to the school day. It integrates college and career preparation by combining rigorous academic coursework, sequenced career and technical education, work-based learning experiences, and comprehensive support services. Today, Linked Learning is working in…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Learning Motivation, High School Students, College Readiness
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a near-total shutdown of the U.S. school system, forcing more than 55 million students to transition to home-based remote learning practically overnight. In most cases, that meant logging in to online classes and accessing lessons and assignments through a home internet connection. Sadly, that was not an option for…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
The adolescent brain is malleable, which makes adolescents particularly vulnerable to the impact of trauma. Yet this malleability also presents an opportunity. Since the brain undergoes dramatic changes during adolescence, this period of development offers the chance to heal from trauma experienced early in life when young people receive targeted…
Descriptors: Trauma, Adolescents, Brain, Cognitive Development
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) reauthorizes and updates the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Perkins V includes several provisions designed to ensure that career and technical education (CTE) programs meet the demands of the twenty-first-century economy.…
Descriptors: Technical Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Vocational Education
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
Completing additional education after high school has nearly become a prerequisite for a stable career and middle-class income. Yet the total cost of higher education continues to climb, increasing 31 percent at public institutions and 24 percent at private nonprofit institutions in ten years. Consequently, student loans will remain a reality for…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
Hermann, Hans – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
Changes in their brains, combined with a greater awareness of peers and events around them, make adolescence a key time for students to figure out who they are, what they aspire to be, and what they want to do in the world. This Alliance for Excellent Education report explores how human identity and self-regulation develop during adolescence and…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Metacognition, Self Control, Adolescent Development
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to identify schools with struggling students for comprehensive, additional targeted, or targeted support and improvement (CSI, ATS, or TSI respectively). States must identify schools for CSI when the whole school is among the bottom 5 percent of Title I schools in the state. Meanwhile, they…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Low Achievement, Identification, Elementary Secondary Education
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
At a time when innovation and flexibility have been lauded and prioritized in federal education policy, the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) presents a unique opportunity for state education and workforce leaders to explore innovative ways to transform postsecondary outcomes for…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Vocational Education, College Readiness
Dannenberg, Michael; Hyslop, Anne – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
This report, released by Education Reform Now and the Alliance for Excellent Education, finds that the "12" in K-12 education may be unnecessary for nearly a quarter of high school students. The report introduces two accelerated pathways for college-ready juniors that would provide meaningful access to full-time, college-level…
Descriptors: College Readiness, High School Students, Acceleration (Education), Grade 11
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2019
More than one-third of all first-year college students take some type of remedial course work and for historically underserved students, this number can be much higher. While remedial education strives to help students attain the skills they need to succeed in college, it also can deter completion by adding to the cost and time necessary to earn a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Readiness, High School Students, Educational Legislation
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