Learn about the opportunities to leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015 (ESSA) to promote a coherent college and career readiness vision.
With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states now have flexibility to design more balanced accountability systems. This report details the advancement made by 10 states to create accountability systems that support meaningful learning opportunities, especially in terms of current policy and capacity-building efforts in designing accountability frameworks. Included in this report are examples of state legislation, working papers, and board meeting minutes.
This guide from MDRC is intended for counselors, teachers, and advisers. It offers strategies for helping low-income families and students identify colleges that are a good fit for their academic profiles and financial needs. Most of the suggestions in this guide come from insights through the College Match Program, a pilot program implemented in Chicago and New York City to address the problem of high school students enrolling in colleges they are academically overqualified for and for students who do not apply to college at all.
How many students have you or a colleague helped get into college with a good financial aid package only to discover later that they never enrolled? Unfortunately, every year, thousands of 12th graders finish high school excited about going to college, only to fall off track. This is especially common among those whose families have little to no experience navigating the final steps they must take to matriculate.
Rural students are less likely to enroll in college than their urban peers.[i] But new college credit programs have given rural students a convenient alternative path to post-secondary education. Concurrent enrollment programs – high schools offering college coursework – can benefit rural students, given that participation in concurrent enrollment programs increases the likelihood of not only college enrollment, but college completion.