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Title:Preparing students for success in college
Short Description:Examines deficiencies in college preparation among high school students, and reviews the importance of alignment between high school curriculum and college admissions course requirements.
Annotation:This report examines deficiencies in college preparation among high school students, and reviews the importance of alignment between high school curriculum and college admissions course requirements. In addition, the efforts of K-16 initiatives across the nation are described, with discussion of particular interventions necessary for improving the transition between high school and college coursework.
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College Access
College and Career Planning (for Parents)
High School
Improving Postsecondary Student Success
P-16 (Pre K - Grade 16) Alignment and Initiatives
Preparation/College Readiness
Transition to College

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Is college right for your child?: How to weigh the pros and cons
Should your child take a year off?: It's not the end of the world
Choosing a college major
Break down the bill: What's it going to cost?
Discover 10 ways to jump-start college planning: Help your child take the right steps, now
Quick-start college selection: Pick a baby-step, any baby-step
Home-schooled students and admissions: Your child's unique approach to the process
Getting college credit before college: The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) and College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®)
Sizing up colleges: Big vs. small: One size does not fit all
Preparing for a campus visit: Know before you go
How many applications? Finalizing the college list
Why 20 is too many: Understanding the application frenzy
Asking the right questions: A judicial checklist to ensure that the educational needs of children and youth in foster care are being addressed
Hacia Adelante - Pathways to College - A Guide for Latino Families
Helping Teens Succeed
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - Spanish Version
Mission: Possible!
Application FAQs: Counselors give the inside scoop on applying to college
Letters of recommendation: How to stand out from the crowd
Applications: A parent's role
Price isn't the only consideration: Look beyond the cost side of the equation
Learning in a new key
Student poll: High school students want parents to be more involved in college planning
The Breakthrough High School project
SREB states lead the nation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs
Improving educational attainment through extensive postsecondary encouragement services
Creating a college-going culture guide
College readiness: Helping all students access and succeed in higher education
Essay tips for your child: Conquering the blank page
Managing the transition to ninth grade in a comprehensive urban school
Findings from the early college high school initiative: A look at best practices and lessons learned regarding a dual enrollment program
Getting ready for college: Advising high school students with learning disabilities
Great expectations: A guide to Alabama's high school graduation exam
High school teaching for the twenty-first century: Preparing students for college
Forming a college-going community in U.S. public high schools
Status and trends in the education of racial and ethnic minorities
Relationships between students' high school and middle school experiences and later completion of a Bachelor's degree
Parent-teacher conferences: Make the most of your meeting
Action plan: Your freshman
Your child's high school counselor: Putting it all together
Preparing Oklahoma students for the future
What are ACT's college readiness benchmarks?
Are high school grades inflated?
How do I pay for college?
Distance education
Writing your admissions essay
U.S. student and adult performance on international assessments of educational achievement
Reading--Young children's achievement and classroom experiences
Articulation, alignment, and the challenge of college-readiness
Paying for college: A brief look at student financial aid programs
Helping equip teachers to answer students' questions on college knowledge
College planning acronym dictionary
LearnMore Indiana Resource Center
Using EXPLORE® and PLAN® Data to Evaluate GEAR UP Programs
Financial aid FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Financial aid glossary: Some terms you may enounter on the road
Your senior year
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Frequently asked questions
Guide for parents: Ten steps to prepare your child for college
Guia para estudiantes (Guide for students)
Cómo pagar por sus estudios universitarios (Financial aid guide)
Breaking through the barriers to college: Empowering low-income communities, schools, and families for college opportunity and student financial aid
Destination university: A guide to college for students and their families (English Version)
Destination university: A guide to college for students and their families (Spanish Version)
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Steps to success (English and Spanish Versions)
Critical connections: Linking states’ unit record systems to track student progress
Childcare and early childhood education: More information sharing and program review by HHS could enhance access for families with limited English proficiency
Why the crisis in adolescent literacy demands a national response
Strategies for improving student success in postsecondary education
Writing next: Effective strategies to improve writing of adolescents in middle and high school
Helping students make good decisions and act on them: The real meaning of guidance and advisement
Getting there–and beyond: Building a culture of college-going in high schools
Qualified teachers for at-risk schools: A national imperative
Expanding opportunities: Postsecondary career and technical education and preparing tomorrow’s workforce
Engaging students, challenging the odds
Returning to learning: Adults' success in college is key to America's future
Literature review: Intervention methods and programs for pre-college entry for disadvantaged students
Pathways to improving practice: How can pre-college outreach programs use data to make decisions
Tennessee P-16 policy roundtable: Summary report
Midwest PERL: Postsecondary education resource library
DO-IT college planning resources
A test of leadership: Charting the future of U.S. higher education
College rankings reformed: The case for a new order in higher education
National forum to accelerate middle grades reform
Making middle grades work
Middle Start
National football league high school website: Academics
The contributions of economics to the study of college access and success
Charting a new course for career and technical education
The relationship between advanced placement and college graduation
The postsecondary education experiences of high school career and technical education concentrators
College preparation checklist
College guidance
Indiana inventory of academic pathways
Enriching the high school curriculum through postsecondary credit-based transition programs
Pathways to college access and success
Reality check 2006: Are parents and students ready for more math and science
USA Funds
College is possible
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
Student readiness for college: Connecting state policies
Powerful pathways: Framing options and opportunities for vulnerable youth
The link between high school reform and college access and success for low-income and minority youth
With diploma in hand: Hispanic high school seniors talk about their future
Characteristics of minority students who excel on the SAT and in the classroom
The educational pipeline: Big investment, big returns
The challenge of access and persistence
Findings from the Condition of Education 2001: Students whose parents did not go to college
ACT policy report: Schools involving parents in early postsecondary planning
Academic preparation and college success: Analysis of Indiana’s 2000 high school class
From the prison track to the college track: Pathways to postsecondary success for out of school youth
Increasing the preparedness of at-risk students
Under-prepared community college students: Implications of attitudinal and experiential differences
Improving college access for minority, low-income, and first-generation students
Counseling and college counseling in America’s high schools
Creating seamless educational transitions for urban African American and Hispanic students
Fast track to college: Increasing postsecondary success for all students
A measured approach to improving teacher preparation
Meeting the challenge: The role of school leaders in turning around the lowest-performing high schools
PISA 2009 results: What students know and can do: Student performance in reading, mathematics and science
Building capacity for reconnecting youth
Making the grade: Texas early college high schools prepare students for the future
A phenomenological study of high school counselor advocacy as it relates to the college access of underrepresented students
P-20 governance
Breaking barriers: Plotting the path to academic success for school-age african-american males
Assessing developmental assessment in community colleges
Examining the role of summer bridge programs in promoting college readiness and completion: Lessons learned from Texas' developmental summer bridges
Innovations in developmental math: Community colleges enhance support for nontraditional students
Creating opportunities in health care: The community college role in workforce partnerships
Early college graduates: Adapting, thriving, and leading in college
Implementing the common core state standards: An action agenda for higher education
School tracking and access to higher education among disadvantaged groups
America's high school graduates: Results from the 2009 NAEP High School Transcript Study
Slow off the mark: Elementary school teachers and the crisis in science, technology, engineering, and math education
The college keys compact: 2011 catalog of effective practices: Programs and practices that expand options for students from low-income backgrounds
Turning points: A case study of family literacy-Community college partnerships
When opportunity knocks, who answers? New evidence on college achievement awards
Closing the college completion gap: A guidebook for the faith community
Access without equity: Longitudinal analysis of institutional stratification by race and ethnicity: 1972-2004
College success for all: How the Hidalgo independent school district is adopting early college as a district-wide strategy
Something's got to give: California can't improve college completions without rethinking developmental education at its community colleges
A policymaker's guide to early college designs: Expanding a strategy for achieving college readiness for all
Postsecondary success
Building a learning agenda around disconnected youth
Yes we can: The Schott 50-state report on public education and black males
The linked learning approach: Building the capacity of teachers to prepare students for college and careers
Postsecondary expectations and plans for the high school senior class of 2003-04
Science achievement and occupational career/technical education coursetaking in high school: The class of 2005
Partnerships that promote success: Lessons from the evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative
Clearinghouse on foster youth and transition
Online learning: Addressing challenges and seizing opportunities
College readiness calendar (9th & 10 grades)
College readiness calendar (11th and 12th grades)
Dual enrollment: Postsecondary/secondary partnerships to prepare students
New approaches to improving college access, persistence, and success: Three exemplary postsecondary opportunity programs
Foster youth who have succeeded in higher education: Common themes
The state of preschool 2009: State preschool yearbook
College and career ready graduation: Strengthening the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
What does research say about 21st century skills?
Mapping the road to college: First generation students' math track, planning strategies, and context of support
Characteristics of effective urban college preparation programs
Pathway to the baccalaureate: How one community college is helping underprepared students succeed
Believing the College Dream (Curriculum guide for college planning)
Teaching for a New World: Preparing High School Educators to Deliver College- and Career-Ready Instruction
Multiple Pathways in California: A New Option for High School Reform
Policies paved the way: Early college innovation in North Carolina
Chronic early absence: Providing solutions for increasing achievement in the early grades and preventing school drop-out
Can I get a little advice here? How an overstretched high school guidance system is undermining students' college aspirations
Implementing strategies to achieve successful student transitions
Giving students extra support to meet standards in challenging academic and career courses
Guiding developmental math students to campus services: An impact evaluation of the Beacon program at South Texas College
Education reform starts early: Lessons from New Jersey's PreK-3rd reform efforts
Using the right data to determine if high school interventions are working to prepare students for college and careers
High school career academies: A 40-year proven model for improving college and career readiness
Cramming: The effects of school accountability on college-bound students
Beating the odds: The real challenges behind the math achievement gap - and what high-achieving schools can teach us about how to close it
College planning resource directory
If small is not enough...The characteristics of successful small high schools in Chicago
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Five academic reasons why state virtual schools are important to your state
Supporting ninth-grade students to achieve in high school and preparing seniors for postsecondary education and a career
Starfish Initiative
Starfish Initiative: Mentoring application
The CollegeKeys Compact: Getting ready, getting in, and getting through college: Expanding options for low-income students
2007 College preparatory kit for high school students
Tools for Latino family outreach: Supporting student success in the middle grades and beyond
Camino de la universidad: The road to college
From aspirations to action: The role of middle school parents in making the dream of college a reality
Achievement and attainment in Chicago charter schools
Turning around chronically low-performing schools
Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis inthe U. S. workforce
Rethinking high school: Supporting all students to be college-ready in math
High schools as launch pads: How college-going culture improves graduation rates in low-income high schools
Paving the way: How financial aid awareness affects college access and success
Access to success: Patterns of advanced placement participation in U.S. high schools
Community college success: Is it a pathway to opportunity?
EPAS® state of the nation report 2007: Mathematics
Benefits of additional high school coursework and improved course performance in preparing students for college
CAPE Network: Universal Encouragement Program (UEP) Guidance Assessments
Ready to succeed: Changing systems to give California's foster children the opportunities they deserve to be ready for and succeed in school
Aligning multiple campus initiatives: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Improving student success by strengthening developmental education in community colleges: The role of state policy
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (H.R. 6893) Summary
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Is your local high school making the grade? 10 Elements of a successful high school
Race to the top: Promising approaches to achieving college- and career-ready goals
Race to the top: Promising approaches to establishing meaningful data systems fostering continuous improvement
State early commitment programs: A contract for college success?
Diplomas and dropouts: Which colleges actually graduate their students (and which don't)
A plan for success: Communities of color define policy priorities for high school reform
Putting middle grades students on the graduation path: A policy and practice brief
Moving beyond AYP: High school performance indicators
The path to career success: High school achievement, certainty of career choice, and college readiness make a difference
NACAC Prep for college calendar
College readiness for the 21st century: A blog on college readiness in practice and policy
Listening to Latinas: Barriers to high school graduation
Helping Latinas succeed in school: How schools can address barriers to high school graduation
Parent and caregiver activities to create a college-going culture
Institutional transfer and the management of risk in higher education
And after high school? A pan-Canadian study of grade 12 students in French-language schools in minority settings: Educational aspirations and plans to pursue a career in their home regions -- Executive Summary
Are student employment and academic success linked?
BC AVID: Early Implementation Report -- Executive Summary
Seamless Pathways : A Symposium on Improving Transitions From High School to College
Closing the access gap: Does information matter?
Innovations in college readiness: How early college schools are preparing students underrepresented in higher education for college success
Charting a necessary path: The baseline report of public higher education systems in the Access to Success initiative
Family firsts: Reach for your dreams
Educational Policy Improvement Center
The challenge of college readiness
A shared agenda: Action alert for school superintendents & middle & high school principals
College readiness issue brief: High expectations: A key to success for all
College readiness issue brief: Social support: An essential ingredient to success
Ready for tomorrow: Six proven ideas to graduate and prepare more students for college and 21st-century careers
Between two worlds: How young Latinos come of age in America
Recommendations for state postsecondary data systems: A report from state data experts