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
State Initiatives to Improve High Schools
Why this issue matters
- Students with postsecondary aspirations who do not take the SAT or ACT may enter a community college, but are almost certain to be denied admission to a four-year institution.
- The senior year of high school has long been considered a wasted year — state initiatives can address that accusation.
- Meaningful senior year projects add the "real-world" relevance to the high school curriculum that so many students express the desire for.
- Moving from middle school to high school — the 9th grade — is one of the riskiest times for students, particularly those who demonstrate some characteristics of being "at risk." There is a need for student support systems that target kids who might otherwise fall through the cracks.
- Many students aspire to go to college, but need help navigating postsecondary options and completing college admissions and financial aid procedures.
- College and career planning can't wait till the senior year of high school.
- E-transcripts save students, parents and schools the time and cost of transfering student records.
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
- High School Graduation Requirements database
- College-Ready Standards database
- High School-Level Assessment database
- Alignment of High School Graduation Requirements and State Set College Admission Requirements database
- Policy brief: Embedding College Readiness Indicators in High School Curriculum and Assessments
- Policy brief: Involving Families in High School and College Expectations
- Policy brief: Helping Equip Teachers to Answer Students' Questions on College Knowledge
- High School: Recent state policies/activities database and issue site
- Assessment — College Entrance Exams: Recent state policies/activities database and issue site
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.