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Graduation Rates

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High School/College Alignment

High School-Level Accountability

High School-Level Assessment

Highlights of Local Initiatives

International Baccalaureate

P-16/P-20 Councils

Postsecondary Feedback Systems

Special Populations in High School Assessments

State Initiatives to Improve High Schools

STEM

Student Accountability

Student Support and Remediation

Virtual High Schools


Policy Briefs

Advanced Placement

College-Ready Indicators

Dispelling the Myths About Raising Grad Requirements

Dropout Recovery

Dual Enrollment

Early College High Schools

Early Graduation

Ensuring Rigor

Improving College Access for Underserved Students

Involving Families

Ninth Grade Transitions

P-16

P-16 Landmines

Parental Involvement at the HS Level

Remediation

Science Lab Costs

State Supports for Low-Performing High Schools

Teacher Professional Development

Teachers and "College Knowledge"


State Notes

Alignment of HS/PS

High School Agenda - Who's Doing What (2008 update)

Math and Science

P-16


Recent Presentations

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
( PDF, 10/12)

2012 ECS National Forum on Education Policy
(PDF, 1.5MB, 7/12)

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)


Related ECS Links

High School Policy Center
Learn more about the ECS High School Policy Center (HSPC) and join our e-mail list to receive updates as new High School Policy Center products are posted on ecs.org.

Also be sure to visit the High School issue site.



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

Staff contact:
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, senior policy analyst
303.299.3689
jdounay@ecs.org

State Profiles




A report containing all information available in the State Initiatives to Improve High Schools database for a single state.

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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 (jdounay@ecs.org or 303.299.3689) with any questions on the High School Policy Center, or on high school policy and research.

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