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Transitions to Postsecondary: Analysis of 2008 Quality Counts. Jennifer Dounay Education Commission of the States Presentation to the Governor’s P-20 Education Coordinating Council Colorado Springs, CO February 4, 2008. Education Week’s Quality Counts 2008.

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transitions to postsecondary analysis of 2008 quality counts

Transitions to Postsecondary: Analysis of 2008 Quality Counts

Jennifer Dounay

Education Commission of the States

Presentation to the Governor’s P-20 Education Coordinating Council Colorado Springs, CO

February 4, 2008

education week s quality counts 2008
Education Week’sQuality Counts 2008
  • CO: “D”, 64.3%; NY and TN: “A”, 92.9%
  • Five “college readiness” indicators:
    • State has defined college readiness
    • State requires all HS students to take college-prep curriculum to earn diploma
    • HS course credits aligned w/PS entry req’ts
    • State HS assts. aligned with PS system
    • State HS assts. used in state PS admission, placement, scholarship decisions

Education Commission of the States

state has defined college readiness
State Has Defined College Readiness
  • 15 states = “yes”
  • Four categories earned states a “yes”
    • Courses – CA’s A-G curriculum
    • Skills – TN “Vision of a HS Graduate”
    • Standards – ADP alignment “complete”
    • Assessments – AR, TN ACT scores

Education Commission of the States

caveats
Caveats
  • CA A-G: Remediation still often needed
    • No state measure of student learning
  • TN: Nearly 50% req. remediation
    • State assts. not aligned w/ “vision”

Education Commission of the States

college prep curriculum required for all grads
College-Prep Curriculum Required for All Grads
  • 3 states = “yes” (NY, TX, RI)
    • NY = Regents courses/exams
    • TX = “Recommended” curriculum
    • RI = Readiness may be demonstrated via proficiency-based credit

Education Commission of the States

course credits aligned w ps
Course Credits Aligned w/PS
  • 6 states = “yes”
  • Results differ with ECS 2006 findings
  • ECS
    • 2010 - SD and OK
    • 2011 - IN

Education Commission of the States

state tests aligned w ps
State Tests Aligned w/PS
  • 10 states = “yes”
  • Two categories earned states a “yes”
    • ACT/SAT statewide HS assessment
    • State demonstrated alignment (study, etc.)
      • Georgia – ADP-facilitated alignment study

Education Commission of the States

hs tests and admissions placement or scholarships
HS Tests and Admissions, Placement or Scholarships
  • 9 states = “yes”
  • Scholarships = AZ, MA
  • Admission – MD allowed, not required
  • Placement
    • TX – benchmark scores on grade 11 TAKS
    • NY – Regents and CUNY/SUNY placement

Education Commission of the States

conclusion
Conclusion
  • No silver bullets
  • EOCs help ensure course content
    • IN experience promising
  • Common HS and PS expectations send clear messages to students/parents

Education Commission of the States

jdounay@ecs org

[email protected]

303.299.3689

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