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Closing the College Participation Gap

Strengthening Student Transitions - State policies aimed at advancing transitions from K-12 to postsecondary are the focus of this brief. State-specific examples are provided and seven strategies, grounded in policy analysis and research, have been identified as options to increase the likelihood of successful transitions from K-12 to postsecondary education. (ECS, December 2014)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Participation--Admissions/Coursework Requirements - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

States with Guaranteed College Admissions Policies for High School Graduates - This brief summarizes legislative and postsecondary system efforts to guarantee admission to college for high school students who meet prescribed standards. The methods for measuring eligibility for automatic admission vary widely across the 10 states that have such rules. The automatic admission standards are instructive because they represent a state or systemwide understanding of what constitutes postsecondary readiness. Further, these policies, when paired with common placement standards and a shared definition of college and career readiness could create true P-20 alignment in states. (Matthew Smith, ECS, October 2013) ...

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