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Document Number: 7935

Do “College-Preparatory” Courses Live Up to Their Labels? Using Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems to Assess the Rigor of Academic Courses - Putting all or nearly all high school students into college-preparatory high school courses will accomplish the desired goal of preparing students for college only if adequate steps are taken to prepare students in advance for success in the courses and to offer additional support to students who enter high school with gaps in their academic preparation. With a longitudinal data systems, states can monitor student academic results over time to see if these things are happening. (Data Quality Campaign, Chrys Dougherty, August 2008)...

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