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College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

College students Research shows that successful high schools provide rigorous academic coursework, relevant learning opportunities, and meaningful relationships with instructors who are qualified to help students achieve high standards.

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ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

Teacher and student Offering high-quality, college-level learning experiences in high school can increase the academic quality and rigor of high school classes, lower the need for postsecondary remediation, reduce the high school dropout rate, reduce student costs of attending postsecondary institutions, and prepare young people to succeed in college.

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EARLY LITERACY

Students learningProficiency 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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DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY

Graduation caps being thrown in the airThe costs of dropping out are high—to the student, the states and the nation. State legislatures play critical roles in holding schools and districts accountable, setting expectations and raising public awareness of the problem.

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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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