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Title: Claiming Common Ground: State Policymaking for Improving College Readiness and Success
Date: 2006
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
“In earlier times, when only a small proportion of high school students attended college, it made sense for states to develop and maintain educational policies and governance structures that divided K–12 and postsecondary education into separate entities. Today, however, when the vast majority of high school students aspire to attend college, states need policies that require K–12 and postsecondary education to collaborate to improve the college readiness of all high school students. This report identifies four state policy dimensions for improving college readiness and success: the alignment of coursework and assessments; state finance; statewide data systems; and accountability.?

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