Enhancing the Impact of the Build Back Better Act Integrating College in High School Programs

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September 13, 2021 10:44 am

College in high school programs, such as dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school, are proven mechanisms for increasing postsecondary program enrollment and completion and an essential strategy for addressing the serious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary enrollment and success.

To maximize the impact of the free community college proposal within the Build Back Better Act, and not undermine dual enrollment, we ask that financial support for early college credit to be incorporated into the final tuition and fee free college package. If community college is made free without also making early college credits free, there may be an unintentional disincentive for students to participate in dual enrollment programs. The choices for students and families in many states would be (1) pay for college credit while in high school, or (2) wait to take the college courses for free in community college

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College and Career Pathways, Congress, Coronavirus Response, High Schools, Higher Education

Using Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds to Support Student Transitions from High School to Higher Education

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July 22, 2021 12:01 am

This policy guide, created in partnership with the College in High School Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center, Linked Learning Alliance, and National College Attainment Network, encourages state and district leaders to use federal coronavirus relief funds to improve college access and success, especially for students who are historically underserved and under-represented in higher education. During the pandemic, college enrollment declined, particularly among low-income students and students of color — a trend that’s likely to continue, given the drop in students applying for federal financial aid.

Fortunately, Congress provided nearly $190 billion for K–12 education to states and districts through three COVID-19 relief packages. The guide explains the three packages and highlights opportunities for K–12 education leaders to use funds on strategies supporting students’ transitions to college and careers. As states and district leaders finalize plans for spending these funds in the 2021-22 school year and beyond, we encourage them to consider using money on evidence-based practices that will re-engage high school students and ensure they are on track to graduate college- and career-ready. For example, funds can be used to support enhanced college advising, summer bridge, and other programs that improve college access; expand dual enrollment and early college high schools; and implement college and career pathways that incorporate work-based learning opportunities.

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College and Career Readiness, coronavirus, Higher Education

Ready for What? How Multiple Graduation Pathways Do—and Do Not—Signal Readiness for College and Careers

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February 23, 2021 03:04 pm

During the past several years, policymakers have updated high school graduation requirements to increase students’ preparation for postsecondary education and the workforce. At the same time, they have recognized that increases in the rigor of these requirements may require greater flexibility in how students demonstrate that they are prepared for postsecondary opportunities. This Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) report provides state policymakers and advocates with an analysis of the various graduation pathways currently in effect. It also offers recommendations to help lawmakers and others focus graduation pathway policies on equity and excellence.

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College and Career Readiness

Measuring Growth in 2021: What State Leaders Need to Know

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August 04, 2020 12:00 pm

Student academic growth data is the most comprehensive and equitable way to measure student progress and school quality. As states and districts work to reopen for the 2020-21 school year, measuring student growth should remain a priority, especially given anticipated widespread learning losses due to COVID-19. States can and should continue to measure student growth in 2021; to do so, state leaders should start preparing now. This resource from the Data Quality Campaign, Alliance for Excellent Education and Collaborative for Student Success outlines considerations for measuring growth when missing annual assessment data for the prior year, discuss uses of this data, and lays out actions states can take right now to measure growth in 2021.

 

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Accountability, Assessments, coronavirus, Data Systems

Alliance for Excellent Education Letter Opposing Proposed Changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection

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November 21, 2019 04:48 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed eliminating nearly thirty data points from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), including data pertaining to teacher experience, school finance, and advanced coursework. The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) believes Secretary DeVos’s proposal is deeply concerning and inconsistent with the Education Department’s (ED) mission of “fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

While eliminating these data points may reduce the burden on school districts, the loss of this information far outweighs any modest benefit districts may experience. Should these data points disappear, so, too, does the transparency families and communities want and need to be better informed as to the quality of schools they desire and support.

Read the letter from All4Ed President Deb Delisle via the link below.

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Equity

Strengthening the Transition from High School to College: Priorities for the Higher Education Act

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October 07, 2019 01:28 pm

The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) provides a critical opportunity to eliminate race- and income-based disparities in college preparation, enrollment, persistence, and completion. The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) believes that these disparities are caused, at least in part, by inequities at the high school level that lead to inadequate preparation for higher education.

As Congress develops its proposal to reauthorize HEA, All4Ed urges it to include the pieces of legislation described in this fact sheet.

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Accountability, College Remediation, High School Reform, Higher Education, Underperforming Students

Fifteen Things to Know About Student Loan Debt—and What Congress Can Do to Fix It

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October 07, 2019 01:28 pm

Completing additional education after high school has nearly become a prerequisite for a stable career and middle-class income. Yet the total cost of higher education continues to climb, increasing 31 percent at public institutions and 24 percent at private nonprofit institutions in ten years. Consequently, student loans will remain a reality for most students unless, and until, postsecondary education becomes universally accessible and affordable. The facts about the student loan debt crisis paint a stark picture, especially for historically underserved students and those who do not complete a degree.

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Accountability, Financial Aid, Higher Education

Science of Learning: What Educators Need to Know About Adolescent Development

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September 23, 2019 02:22 pm

Adolescence is a time of transition characterized by rapid physical, neurological, cognitive, and socioemotional development. As students move toward adulthood, their bodies and minds change. Those changes affect how they learn and, likewise, should influence how educators interact with youth.

This Alliance for Excellent Education report summarizes the key developmental changes that adolescents experience in their bodies, brains, relationships, identities, and experiences and explains how those changes impact student learning.

The report also recommends ways that educators and other adults can leverage findings from scientific research to create cohesive learning environments that comprehensively address adolescents’ developmental needs.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning

Perkins Career and Technical Education Primer: Special Populations

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September 16, 2019 03:13 pm

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) reauthorizes and updates the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).

Perkins V includes specific supports for unique demographic groups, referred to in the law as “special populations,” intended for recruiting and retaining these groups in high-quality career and technical education programs and improving their overall academic performance.

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Career & Technical Education, Career and Technical Education

Ten Things to Know About Trauma and Learning

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September 06, 2019 10:10 am

The adolescent brain is malleable, which makes adolescents particularly vulnerable to the impact of trauma. Yet this malleability also presents an opportunity. Since the brain undergoes dramatic changes during adolescence, this period of development offers the chance to heal from trauma experienced early in life when young people receive targeted support and intervention.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning, Students of Color