blueprint for college readiness

Explore the 50-state analysis by clicking the different policies below! Find out which states are pursuing these policies and check out the accompanying resources, such as the State Profiles. The Blueprint is designed to respond to the unique needs of states.

 

For all inquiries, please contact Amy Skinner at 303-299-3609 or askinner@ecs.org.

 

Meeting the workforce needs of businesses requires that a greater number of Americans obtain a postsecondary degree or certification. To help achieve this goal, the Blueprint Report and the following state profiles review important policy approaches designed to increase the number of U.S. students who earn a postsecondary degree or certification.

 

Designed for state leaders, the Blueprint features a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success. The 50-state analysis explores the extent to which states are meeting these benchmarks. The accompanying resources, technical assistance and online database are designed to respond to the unique needs of states. The Blueprint policies ECS reviewed are listed below. You can also use the menu at the top of the page to access them.

blueprint for college readiness

High School Policies   Higher Education Policies   Bridge Policies

College and Career Readiness Standards

College and Career Readiness Assessments

High School Graduation Requirements

High School Accountability System

 

Statewide Admission Requirements

Statewide Remedial and Placement Policies

Transfer and Articulation Policies

Higher Education Accountability

 

Statewide College and Career Readiness Definition

Data Pipeline and Reporting

 

The state profiles in the Blueprint Report summarize the results of the comprehensive policy review. The profiles do not represent the nuances and context for each policy area. In some cases ECS bundled multiple policies to provide a comprehensive look at the policy.

 

Please note, the two areas where ECS researched multiple questions are the higher education accountability and transfer policies. To receive a “yes” for the policy area, the states had to meet multiple policy expectations.

The higher education accountability policy review asked three questions. The state needed to meet all three policies within the policy area to receive a “yes.” Nineteen states met the high benchmark for comprehensive accountability policies. The three questions are:

 

1.  Has the state set a statewide attainment goal?

2.  Has the state embedded completion and/or attainment goals in their strategic plans?

3.  Does the state have a performance-based funding model?

 

In addition to the database links above, you can use the map below to access information about each state.


Overall State Results

As of September 2014

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

Map Key - Ten College and Career Readiness Policies

3 policies
3 states
4-5 policies
15 states
6-7 policies
16 states + DC
8-9 policies
14 states
10 policies
2 states

To receive updates and news on the Blueprint project, please contact ECS at ecs@ecs.org.