Study: States Leave Out College Readiness Factors That Matter Most

Education Week, High School & Beyond blog, 3/16/16

As states press hard to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college or good jobs, many are hobbled by the very accountability systems they designed to leverage improvement, according to a report released Monday.

The new study, by Achieve, argues that in reporting K-12 performance to the public, states often aren’t including factors that matter the most in college readiness, such as the proportion of students who are completing rigorous high school courses, how well students are accumulating credits toward graduation, and whether they’re earning college credit while in high school. Achieve, which works with states on standards and accountability, has been tracking the 50 states’ college-readiness policies in a series of reports for a decade.

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