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Increase Academic Alignment and Rigor

Bridging the knowledge gaps between P-12 and higher education, and higher education and the workforce, requires improving communication between the various sectors and agreeing upon common definitions for terms such as “college ready” and “work ready.” Profiles include examples of high-quality curriculum, teacher and leader retention, renewal and professional development, student remediation, internships, dual enrollment, and research experiences.

System-wide Change for All Learners and Educators (SCALE)

Program to Watch
A National Science Foundation funded program designed to increase STEM K-16 alignment. ...More

Direct Connect to University of Central Florida

Program to Watch
Provides guaranteed college admission at the University of Central Florida to students and graduates of four Florida community colleges. ...More

The Early Assessment Program (EAP)

Program that Works
A partnership between the California State University and local high schools, EAP tests students’ college readiness before they come to campus. ...More

Georgia College Early College (GCEC)

Program to Watch
A school culture and curriculum designed to increase low-achieving students’ academic efficacy, and college success. ...More

University of Washington Dream Project

Program to Watch
A collaboration between the University of Washington and local high schools to increase underserved students’ preparation for higher education. ...More

Leveraging Postsecondary Partners to Build a College-Going Culture: Tools for High School/Postsecondary Partnerships

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A toolkit created by Jobs for the Future for K-12 school districts seeking to maximize postsecondary partnerships and better align secondary school education to demands of higher education institutions. ...More

Washington State Achievers Program

Program that Works
A partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the College Success Foundation, the Achievers Program provides high school students with the necessary rigor for college success. ...More

Columbia University’s Summer Research Program for Science Teachers

Program that Works
This program allows middle and high school science teachers to participate in summer lab studies in their chosen field. ...More

Washington State Running Start

Program to Watch
A dual enrollment program that provides academically qualified high school students an opportunity to enroll in college courses with financial assistance. ...More

Upward Bound

Program to Watch
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. ...More

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