Too many high school students are unprepared for college and the Common
Core Assessments will identify even more as not college ready. States
have about 18 months to respond to this anticipated need. The Education
Commission of the States (ECS) has teamed up with the Charles A. Dana
Center, Complete College America, and Education First to develop a suite
of evidence-based, early intervention strategies that states can use to
move more high school students toward college readiness.
This yearlong initiative, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, will involve state legislators, state education agency
leaders, and higher education representatives.
ECS will convene experts to identify the most effective instructional
methods used by colleges and universities to get lagging students back
on track. ECS and its partners will use these instructional methods as a
starting point for drafting a Blueprint for policy and practice.
Selected teams in 10 states will use the Blueprint to develop a
statewide strategy, with the expectation that states will refine and
customize their plan to meet their unique needs. Asimplementation
laboratories, states will provide vital feedback to strengthen the final
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, the current ECS Chair, said,
"Education leaders nationwide are doing innovative work in our
classrooms. If we can harness these best practices, we can spread and
accelerate this great work so more students are ready for college and
This ambitious initiative will host a Thinkers' Meeting in March, a
State Team Meeting in April, and a two-day Blueprint Implementation
Workshop in June.
"The goal of this initiative is for states to explore not only how they
can increase college readiness, but how to implement long-term
strategies that promote greater degree attainment and improved economic
prosperity," noted ECS President Jeremy Anderson.
Education leaders and policymakers not involved in the project can
follow along on the project website,
where they will find research and policy resources related to Common
Core, college readiness, and developmental education issues.
is the only nationwide, nonpartisan organization that works directly
with governors, legislators, chief state school officers, higher
education officials, and other leaders across all areas of
education-from pre-K to college and the workforce. Since 1965, we have
tracked policy, translated research, provided unbiased advice, and
created opportunities for state policymakers to learn from one another.
ECS is located in Denver and maintains the nation's most extensive clearinghouse
on education policy.
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