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Paper Thin? Why All High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal


The Alliance for Excellent Education Invites You to Attend a Webinar and Report Release

 Paper Thin?
Why All High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal


Monica Almond, PhD, Senior Associate of Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education
Jeanne Fauci, Executive Director, Center for Powerful Public Schools
Patrick McAlister, Director of Policy, Indiana Department of Education
Valerie Wilson, PhD, Director of Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy, Economic Policy Institute

Additional panelists will be added as they are confirmed.

As the nation’s high school graduation rate continues to rise, questions around the level of preparedness that students attain to enter and succeed in postsecondary education persist. Ensuring students graduate with course work that aligns with college and career expectations is essential to ensure that more students graduate prepared to tackle the rigor that postsecondary learning demands.

The Alliance for Excellent Education has explored rising high school graduation rates and low levels of postsecondary readiness among traditionally underserved students in the forthcoming report, Paper Thin? Why All High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal. The report, to be released on July 27, analyzes the degree to which traditionally underserved students graduate from high school having earned a college- and career-ready diploma in comparison with their peers for the Class of 2014. The analysis reveals that while many states offer students multiple pathways to a diploma, not all pathways align with college- and career-ready expectations.

During this webinar, panelists will

  • discuss key findings from the newly released report;
  • highlight state and local policies that support a college- and career-ready agenda for all students;
  • discuss the economic implications for traditionally underserved students;
  • discuss how Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans can reflect a college- and career-ready accountability measure; and
  • provide recommendations that states and local school districts can take to ensure more students are graduating from high school ready for college and a career.

Panelists will also address questions from the online audience.

Register and submit questions for the webinar below.

Support for this webinar is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at 1–2 business days after the event airs.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

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Categories: College & Career Readiness, High School Graduation Rates, High School Reform

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