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College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness

EARLY LITERACY

Female teacher instructing young students Proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a critical milestone that enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn. Students who do not meet this milestone often falter in the later grades and drop out before earning a high school diploma.

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DUAL AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Students learningDual and English language learners are becoming an increasingly important group of students. Their growing numbers combined with generally low achievement patterns present numerous challenges yet opportunities for reform. By understanding relevant research, practices and policy options, policymakers can become keenly aware of how to improve academic outcomes for these groups.

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EARLY MATH

Teacher and student Although there has been a strong emphasis on early literacy skills and access to universal prekindergarten, more and more educators and policymakers have been focusing on early mathematics skills. Research suggests that prekindergarten mathematics knowledge and proficiencypredicts achievement at age 15, even after accounting for early literacy skills.

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FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Graduation caps being thrown in the airThe early years of a child's education have been deemed crucial for building family-school connections. Children whose parents and families are engaged in and hold high expectations of their education tend to earn better grades, have higher graduations rates, and are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.

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OVERVIEW | COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

In the coming years, most observers suggest, nearly all students will need some postsecondary education—technical certification, an associate’s degree, a four-year degree or beyond—to prepare for well-paying, secure jobs. During the last decade, states have made significant progress toward aligning high school standards and course requirements with college- and career-ready expectations.
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  • Early Mathematics

    Educational research demonstrates that developing early mathematical knowledge in children ages three and above is strongly related to enhanced academic achievement during their educational careers. Further, children with little or no mathematical skills prior to school entry rarely catch up.

  • Dual and English Language Learners

    The population of English/Dual language learners is on the rise bringing with it several challenges and opportunities for state legislatures in the policy making arena. These include but are not limited to: curriculum development, assessment, accountability, and best practices.

  • Family Engagement/Parental Involvement

    Family engagement, also referred to within as parental involvement, is a strong contributor to a child's educational success in addition to their behavioral, cognitive, and mental functioning, and well-being.

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