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Closing the Expectations Gap 2009

Published: February 2009

Publisher(s): Achieve, Inc.

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

View Report (32 pages; 3.03MB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Strengthen Preparation for College and Careers

Abstract: The report presents findings from the fourth annual 50-state progress report on the alignment of high school policies with the demands of college and careers. The report details state progress in implementing the American Diploma Project policy agenda, which encourages aligning standards, graduation requirements, assessments, data systems, and accountability with the expectations of college faculty and employers.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= Nearly half the states have high school standards in English and mathematics that are aligned with college- and career-ready expectations.

= Between 2005 and the present, there has been a surge of states that have raised their graduation requirements to the college- and career-ready level; presently 20 states and the District of Columbia require all students to complete a college- and career-ready curriculum to earn a high school diploma.

= Twelve states report that they have “P–20 longitudinal data systems” that match K–12 data with postsecondary data and track the progress of individual students from kindergarten through college graduation; Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia are in the process of developing or plan to develop P–20 longitudinal data systems.

= No state has yet put in place a comprehensive accountability system based on a broad array of college- and career-ready indicators; however, 11 states have begun reporting the percentage of students who earn a college- and career-ready diploma, and 18 states now report the percentage of students who require remediation upon entering college.

Geographic Focus : National

Subjects/Keywords : College prep; accountability; college-ready; career-ready; standards; graduation requirements

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