CO Council on High School/College Relations 2012
(PDF, 1.41MB, 12/12)
PA Commission for Community Colleges 2012 Student Success Forum
(PDF, 537K, 10/12)
2012 NACAC National Conference
2012 ECS National Forum on Education Policy
2011 NACEP National Conference
(PDF, 741K, 10/11)
Oklahoma Legislative Task Force on Achieving Classroom Excellence
(PowerPoint, 205K, 10/09)
Joint Meeting of Utah Board of Regents/State Board
(PowerPoint, 209K, 7/09)
State-Level Concurrent Enrollment Policies
(PowerPoint, 491K, 3/09)
New England Board of Higher Education Conference
(PowerPoint, 870K, 1/09)
ECS/Kauffman Regional Meeting for Heartland/ Midwest
(PowerPoint, 355K, 12/08)
Nevada Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 300K, 11/08)
MIND Research Institute Forum
(PowerPoint, 3MB, 10/08)
Alaska Legislators and Educators: Dropout Prevention
(PowerPoint, 792K, 10/08)
Alaska Legislators and Educators: P-16
(PowerPoint, 432K, 10/08)
Kauffman Math and Science Seminar
(PowerPoint, 5.5MB, 5/08)
New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend
(PowerPoint, 108K, 2/08)
Colorado P-20 Council
(PowerPoint 92K, 2/08)
Nevada P-16 Advisory Council
(PowerPoint, 217K, 12/07)
Colorado Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 540K, 12/07)
ECS 2007 Fall Steering Committee Meeting
(PowerPoint, 222K, 11/07)
Oklahoma Senate Education Committee
(PowerPoint, 977K, 10/07)
ECS 2007 National Forum on Education Policy
(PowerPoint, 319K, 7/07)
Welcome to the Education Commission of the States' High School Database
High School-Level Assessment
Why this issue matters
Communities benefit when:
- They know how well students can read and write (and how well they know their history, science, etc.).
- Students take assessments more seriously because the tests hold potential personal consequences or personal recognition.
Students benefit when:
- They learn, while still in high school, whether they are prepared for postsecondary education.
- States provide a means of ensuring students' unmet needs are identified early enough to be addressed.
- They have alternatives to standardized tests to demonstrate they have met learning objectives.
- High school assessments are aligned with college entrance expectations. Additionally, students who previously did not have college expectations benefit when they are encouraged to pursue postsecondary education based on the results of statewide mandatory college admission assessments.
Why our methodology matters
- Primary resources: ECS draws its information primarily from state statute, rules and regulations, recently enacted legislation, executive orders and other primary source documents.
- As needed, policies (and their interpretation) are confirmed with state-level staff.
- We believe that policy helps institutionalize practice.
- Our goal is to document where the underlying authority lies and where consensus has been strong enough to adopt a common approach.
Related ECS products
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, senior policy analyst
Use the diagram below to view the components of state-level high school reform, and their relationship to one another.
Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth (email@example.com or 303.299.3689) with any questions on the High School Policy Center, or on high school policy and research.