Education Commission of the States to Build Blueprint for Underprepared High School Students

  Education Commission of the States to Build Blueprint for Underprepared High
  School Students

                     ECS will work closely with 10 states

Business Wire

DENVER -- February 25, 2013

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. As implementation laboratories, states will
provide vital feedback to strengthen the final Blueprint.

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 careers.”

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.

About ECS

ECS 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.


Education Commission of the States
Heidi Normandin, 303-299-3629
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