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Author(s):Goldberger, S., and Santos, J
Title:Lessons from the Lone Star state: Designing a sustainable model to expand early college high school in Texas
Organization:Jobs for the Future
Short Description:This paper focuses on the efforts of El Paso Community College, South Texas College, and their respective partners to build clusters of early colleges in their regions
Annotation:This paper focuses on the efforts of El Paso Community College, South Texas College, and their respective partners to build clusters of early colleges in their regions. Their experiences illustrate important lessons about how to make the most of a state’s public policy environment to create, sustain, and expand early college schools.
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Early/Middle College High Schools
Earning College Credit in High School: Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate Programs
High School
High School Graduation/Dropout Prevention
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Building a better bridge: Helping young adults enter and succeed in college
Using student engagement to improve adolescent literacy
Are teachers prepared for racially diverse schools? Teachers describe their preparation, resources, and practices for racially diverse schools
A Better Chance.org
Getting students to meet challenging academic and career goals: Involving school mentors, parents, and community leaders
What matters for staying on-track and graduating in Chicago public high schools
Making sense of data-driven decision making in education
Archdiocese of Indianapolis: The Church in central and southern Indiana
Windows on achievement and inequality
Are we there yet? What policymakers can learn from Tennessee's growth model
The status of state-level Response to Intervention (RTI) policies and procedures in the West region states and five other states
Principles for a comprehensive assessment system
California high schools that beat the odds in high school graduation
What educators should learn from ER
College for Every Student (CFES): Assessment of student outcomes 2007-08
The state of preschool 2009: State preschool yearbook
College- and career-ready: Using outcomes data to hold high schools accountable for student success
A survival analysis of student mobility and retention in Indiana charter schools:
The economic benefits from halving Indianapolis's dropout rate: A boon to regional business
Education reform starts early: Lessons from New Jersey's PreK-3rd reform efforts
American Diploma Project (ADP) end-of-course exams: 2009 Annual report
Are charter schools making a difference? A study of student outcomes in eight states
Graduating America: Meeting the challenge of low-graduation rate high schools
U.S. performance across international assessments of student achievement: Special supplement to The Condition of Education 2009
College readiness for all toolbox
The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2009
Survey Of Secondary School Students
Gaining ground on high school graduation rates in SREB states: Milestones and guideposts
Southern Education Foundation (SEF)
Success at every step: How 23 programs support youth on the path to college and beyond
2008 College-bound seniors
The nation's report card: 2007 At a glance
Selected states response to supporting high school English language learners
Education watch 2009
Putting middle grades students on the graduation path: A policy and practice brief
A critical mission: Making adolescent reading an immediate priority in SREB states
State early commitment programs: A contract for college success?
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Race to the top: Promising approaches to assisting the lowest-performing schools
The economic promise of investing in high-quality preschool: Using early education to improve economic growth and the fiscal sustainability of states and the nation
Early childhood education: Investing in quality makes sense
The alternative pathways project: A framework for dropout reduction and recovery
Closing educational achievement gaps for Latino/a students in Utah
Latinos in secondary education
Going to scale with high-quality early education: Choices and consequences in universal pre-Kindergarten efforts
Reading to achieve: A governor's guide to adolescent literacy
Improving literacy outcomes for English language learners in high school: Considerations for states and districts in developing a coherent policy framework
Graduation rates in Indiana: An analysis of various methods of caluculating graduation rates
In need of improvement: NCLB & high schools
Graduation matters: Improving accountability for high school graduation
Federal support for adolescent literacy: A solid investment
Developing the STEM education pipeline
Using EPAS™ to evaluate school-based intervention programs: GEAR UP
Expanding learning time in high schools
Articulation, alignment, and the challenge of college-readiness
High school planner: Your guide to planning for college
Helping equip teachers to answer students' questions on college knowledge
State and district-level support for successful transitions into high school
Event Dropout Rates for Public School Students in grades 9-12: 2002-3 and 2003-4
Education watch Alabama: Key education facts and figures 2004
No Child Left Behind: State report card 2005-2006
Education watch Texas: Key education facts and figures 2004
Education watch Texas: Key education facts and figures 2006
Highlights of the 2007 Accountability System in the State of Texas
Comprehensive school reform quality center report on middle and high school comprehensive school reform models
Sustaining focus on secondary school reading: Lessons and recommendations from the Alabama reading initiative
Washington Data and Reports
Education watch California: Key facts and figures
The first year of high school: A quick stats fact sheet
ACT high school profile report: The graduation class of 2007 (Indiana)
Redesigning schools: 10 features of effective schools
Rethinking high school: Five profiles of innovative models for student success
LearnMore Indiana 2006-07 report: Results of Indiana's career and college information survey of students in grades 9 and 11
American Indian and Alaska Native students in U.S. high schools
Child care assistance in 2004: States have fewer funds for child care
Implementing graduation counts: State progress to date
Strategic instruction model
Federal, state, and local roles supporting alternative education
Improving education outcomes for foster youth: The Guardian Scholars Project Year 1
Redesigning high schools to prepare students for the future
Kids Count state-level data online
The 2003 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning?
Public high school graduation and college-readiness rates: 1991-2002
Investing in the education of older students: A summary of the evidence
Ready to succeed: All students prepared for college and work
High schools for the new millennium
Enriching the high school curriculum through postsecondary credit-based transition programs
Do graduation tests measure up: A closer look at state high school exit exams
Latino students and the educational pipeline: Latino high school and baccalaureate graduates: A comparison
High school graduation rates, college continuation rates, and chance for college by state: 1986, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000
Beyond empty promises: Policies to improve transitions into colleges and jobs
Public high school graduation and college readiness rates in the United States
The education pipeline in the U.S., 1970-2000
The expectations gap: A 50 state review of high school graduation requirements
On course for success: A close look at high school courses that prepare students for college
Latino students and the educational pipeline: From middle school to the workforce
Pushed out or pulled up: Exit exams and dropout rates in public high schools
State high school exit exams: A maturing reform
Indiana public school student population information
ACT policy report: Schools involving parents in early postsecondary planning
Negotiating their futures: Ethnographic research informing K-16 college policies and practices through urban youth’s eyes
College access in Indiana and the United States: A 2005 status report
Diversity and persistence in Indiana higher education: The impact of preparation, major choices, and financial aid
The higher dropout rate of foreign-born teens: The role of schooling abroad
Primary progress, secondary challenge
The challenge of scaling up educational reform: Findings and lesson from First Things First
Investing wisely in adult learning is key to state prosperity
The averaged freshman graduation rate for public high schools from the common core of data: School years 2001-02 and 2002-03
Getting honest about grad rates: How states play the numbers and students lose
Projections of education statistics to 2014
Confronting the graduation rate crisis in the south
Powerful pathways: Framing options and opportunities for vulnerable youth
Mixed messages: What state high school tests communicate about student readiness for college
Bridging the gap: Academic preparation and postsecondary success of first generation students
Schools to watch
Talent Development High Schools
America's perfect storm: Three forces changing our nation's future
A study of admissions officers' perceptions of and attitudes toward homeschooled students
Career academies: Impacts on labor market outcomes and educational attainment
Advancing high school reform in the states: Policies and programs
Online interactive pre-kindergarten database
Online interactive kindergarten database
Academic pathways, preparation, and performance: A descriptive overview of the transcripts from the high school graduating class of 2003-04
Academic pathways to college: Policies and practices of the fifty states to reach underserved students
Economic outcomes of high school completers and non-completers 8 years later
Measuring what matters: Creating a longitudinal data system using data to improve student achievement
State of decline? Gaps in college access and achievement call for renewed commitment to educating Californians
The high cost of failing to reform public education in Indiana
Issue brief - What students need, part 1: Dropout prevention and recovery
Whatever it takes: How twelve communities are reconnecting out-of-school youth
High-stakes testing in PreK-12 education
Closing the aspirations-attainment gap: Implications for high school reform
Diplomas count: An essential guide to graduation policy and rates
User's guide to computing high school graduation rates, Volume 2: Technical evaluation of proxy graduation indicators
The state of preschool 2005: State preschool yearbook
What do we know: Seeking effective math and science instruction
Residence and migration for college freshmen for Indiana
Analyzing state and regional K-16 policies: A toolkit for researchers and policy analysts
Montana P-16 policy roundtable: Summary report
State and district approaches to school improvement: Helping all students meet high academic standards
Student success: Statewide P-16 systems -- curriculum and assessment systems
Student success: Statewide P-16 systems -- early outreach
Crisis or possibility? Conversations about the American high school
How are states using community-based child care to provide pre-k: State-by-state summaries
The nation's report card: Mathematics 2007
The nation's report card: Reading 2007
The national articulation and transfer network
The study of economic, informational, and cultural barriers to community college student transfer access at selective institutions: National estimates of transfer access and baccalaureate degree attainment at four-year colleges and universities
Education longitudinal study of 2002 (ELS:2002): A first look at the initial postsecondary experiences of the high school Sophomore class of 2002
Left behind by design: Proficiency counts and test-based accountability
Indiana higher education opportunity data book 2007
More information on the methodology, data, and terms used in the AP dropout factory story
Minorities in higher education twenty-second annual status report: 2007 supplement
Rethinking high school: Preparing students for success in college, career, and life
Fifty states of achieving the dream: State policies to enhance access to community colleges across the United States
Change, and response to change, in Florida's public schools
Raising the compulsory school attendance age: The case for reform
Learning in a new key
Digest of Education Statistics
Education watch California: Key education facts and figures
Education watch Colorado: Key education facts and figures
Education watch Colorado: Key education facts and figures 2006
Education watch Alabama: Key education facts and figures 2006
Texas public universities' data and performance report: Part A
Education watch Florida: Key education facts and figures 2004
Realizing the college dream (English and Spanish versions)
Aligned expectations: A closer look at college admissions and placement tests
Understanding high school graduation rates (updated): National and state-specific information
How outreach programs are implemented affects student achievement
State education reforms – Standards, assessment, and accountability
The benefits of statewide use of the ACT test
Preparing Oklahoma students for the future
Predicting different levels of academic success in college using high school GPA and ACT Composite score
Hispanic students’ ACT scores hold steady as number of those testing increases at record pace
College-bound or headed for workforce training: High school graduates need similar math, reading skills
Beating the odds: An analysis of student performance and achievement gaps on state assessments: 2005-06 School year
Asking the right questions: A judicial checklist to ensure that the educational needs of children and youth in foster care are being addressed
Do Current State Standards and Assessments Reflect College Readiness?: A Case Study
Strategies for improving student success in postsecondary education
Building the foundation for bright futures: A governors guide to school readiness
College bound seniors state profile report tutorial
Pacific Islanders lagging behind in higher educational attainment
Rethinking high school: Inaugural graduations at New York City's new high schools
Embedding college readiness indicators in high school curriculum and assessment
Increasing academic rigor in high schools: Stakeholder perspectives
Moving Indiana forward: High standards and high graduation rates
Early childhood investment yields big payoff
Building pathways to success for low-skill adult students: Lessons for community college policy and practice from a longitudinal student tracking study
Helping students make good decisions and act on them: The real meaning of guidance and advisement
Measuring up internationally: Developing skills and knowledge for the global economy
Improving academic achievement in urban districts: What state policymakers can do
The postsecondary educational experiences of high school career and technical education concentrators: Selected results from the NELS: 88/2000 Postsecondary education transcript study
Building academic skills in context: Testing the value of advanced math learning in career and technical education
Full-day Kindergarten: A study of state policies in the United States
PK-3: An aligned and coordinated approach to education for children 3 to 8 years old
Smart options: Investing the recovery funds for student success
Improving academic preparation for college: What we know and how state and federal policy can help
A plan for success: Communities of color define policy priorities for high school reform
From assets to school outcomes: How finances shape children's perceived possibilities and intentions
Improving student success by strengthening developmental education in community colleges: The role of state policy
Fostering Connections Act: Implementation Checklists for Education Provisions
Deciding on postsecondary education
Health and health-related behaviors: Minnesota postsecondary student veterans
Falling off track during the transition to high school: What we know and what can be done
On the front lines of schools: Perspectives of teachers and principals on the high school dropout problem
The core components of RTI: A closer look at evidence-based core curriculum, assessment and progress monitoring, and data-based decision making
2009 ACT National and State Scores
Measuring college and career readiness: ACT profile report - national: Graduating class of 2009
The value of value-added data
Teaching for a new world: Preparing high school educators to deliver college- and career-ready information
Still a freshman: Examining the prevalence and characteristics of ninth-grade retention across six states
The next generation of school accountability: A blueprint for raising high school achievement and graduation rates in SREB states
Prioritizing the nation's dropout factories: The need for federal policy that targets the nation's lowest performing high schools
Counselor and college access provider activities to create a college-going culture
Achieving graduation for all: A governor's guide to dropout prevention and recovery
Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates by State and Race/Ethnicity, 1992-2022 (State Profiles)
The misplaced math student: Lost in eighth-grade Algebra
The fiscal effects of investing in high-quality preschool programs
Creating college readiness: Profiles of 38 schools that know how
What we must to do to create a system that prepares students for college success
Advancing STEM learning across the educational pipeline: Statewide efforts in Ohio
Listening to Latinas: Barriers to high school graduation
Helping Latinas succeed in school: How schools can address barriers to high school graduation
Helping Latinas succeed in school: How federal policymakers can address barriers to high school graduation
Ready for tomorrow: Six proven ideas to graduate and prepare more students for college and 21st-century careers
Linking secondary and postsecondary systems: Lessons from Indiana
Georgia Graduation Coach Initiative
Socioeconomic stratification of community college transfer access in the 1980s and 1990s: Evidence from HS&B and NELS
A shared agenda: P-12 and postsecondary policy recommendations: Moving toward a more cohesive continuum of federal support for college opportunity
Mobilizing a cross-sector collaborative for systemic change: Lessons from project U-turn, Philadelphia's campaign to reduce the dropout rate
North Carolina Early Mathematics Placement Testing
Insuring college failure risk
Work-based learning in California: Opportunities and models for expansion
High school remediation
Gold Star School Counseling
The educational crisis facing young men of color: Reflections on four days of dialogue on the educational challenges of minority males
Empowering effective teachers: Readiness for reform
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: An implementation guide for school district administrators
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: A guide for data analysts
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: Supplement to the analysts' guide
The dropout/graduation crisis among American Indian and Alaska Native students: Failure to respond places the future of native peoples at risk
Beyond the indicators: An integrated school-level approach to dropout prevention
State high school exit exams: Trends in test programs, alternate pathways, and pass rates
Achieving dramatic school improvement: An exploratory study
Hispanics, high school dropouts, and the GED
High school dropout and completion rates in the United States: 2007
Eight components of college and career readiness counseling
What are examples of state legislation focused on high school dropout prevention?
Extended-day Learning Opportunities Online Resource Center
Who borrows most? Bachelor's degree recipients with high levels of student debt
Career and college planning needs of ninth graders: As reported by ninth graders
Multiple Pathways in California: A New Option for High School Reform
Beating the odds: Analysis of student performance on state assessments and NAEP: Results from the 2008-09 school year
NAEP reading 2009 state snapshot reports
A blueprint for reform: The reauthorization of the elementary and secondary education act
Guiding developmental math students to campus services: An impact evaluation of the Beacon program at South Texas College
Preparing students for college and career: Linked learning in California
Digest of Education Statistics, 2009
Why students drop out of school: A review of 25 years of research
Can middle school reform increase high school graduation rates?
The student to counselor ratio: Does it matter?
Big ideas: Dropout prevention strategies: Achievement for Latinos through Academic Success (ALAS)
Course-taking patterns and preparation for postsecondary education in California's public university systems among minority youth
The costs and benefits of an excellent education for all of America's children
Lost in transition: Building a better path from school to college and careers
How does the United States stack up? International comparisons of academic achievement
Overcoming obstacles, optimizing opportunities: State policies to increase postsecondary attainment for low-skilled adults
Early college high schools in Ohio: Core principles
National evaluation of GEAR UP: A summary of the first two years
The impacts of regular Upward Bound: Results from the third follow-up data collection
Lumina Foundation for Education: Accomplishments and challenges
Early intervention programs: Opening the doors to higher education
I-STEM Resource Network
How educators in three states are responding to standards-based accountability under No Child Left Behind
The role of interim assessments in a comprehensive assessment system: A policy brief
Approaches to dropout prevention: Heeding early warning signs with appropriate interventions
Setting the '08 education agenda for the nation: Education as an engine for regional economic and workforce development
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)
State and local implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act - Accountability under NCLB: Interim report
The state role in accelerating student growth in low-performing high schools
Are public schools really losing their "best"? Assessing the career transitions of teachers and their implications for the quality of the teacher workforce
Remediation in the community college: An evaluator's perspective
Their fair share: How Texas-sized gaps in teacher quality shortchange low-income and minority students
North Central Regional Educational Research Laboratory: Data Primer
Strategic designs: Lessons from leading edge small urban high schools
State policies on student transitions: Results of a 50-state inventory
Creating change one step at a time: Efforts to improve college access and success in Indiana
The role of schools in the English language learner achievement gap
Education at a glance 2008: OECD indicators
Dropout prevention practice guide
Career and technical education in the United States: 1990-2005
Out of many, one: Toward rigorous common core standards from the ground up
The impact of new college graduates on intrastate labor markets
ETS Policy Notes: Addressing achievement gaps: The language acquisition and educational achievement of English-language learners
Diplomas count 2008 (Indiana state report): School to college: Can P-16 councils ease the transition
Ready to assemble: A model state higher education accountability system
Pathways to boosting the earnings of low-income students by increasing their educational attainment
Comparative indicators of education in the United States and other G-8 countries: 2009
A stronger nation through higher education: How and why Americans must meet a "big goal" for college attainment
Creating a high school culture of college-going: The case of Washington State Achievers
Measuring up 2008
The Condition of Latinos in education: 2008 Factbook
High schools as launch pads: How college-going culture improves graduation rates in low-income high schools
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Developmental education: Completion status and outcomes
Critical conditions for equity and diversity in college access: Informing policy and monitoring results
Removing the roadblocks: Fair college opportunities for all California students
Counting on graduation: An agenda for state leadership
The future workforce of Indiana
A first look at the common core and college and career readiness
The US STEM education model (simulation)
An extreme degree of difficulty: The educational demographics of urban neighborhood high schools
The nation's report card: Science 2009
A model for success: CART's linked learning program increases college enrollment
Reauthorizing ESEA: Considerations for dropout prevention and recovery
Incentivizing school turnaround: A proposal for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 3: Student achievement at 8th grade
Meeting the challenge: The role of school leaders in turning around the lowest-performing high schools
Ready by 21 case study: Austin, TX
Ready by 21 case study: Massachusetts
Elementary/Secondary Information System (ESLi)
Beyond basic skills: State strategies to connect low-skilled students to an employer-valued postsecondary education
State policies regarding undocumented college students: A narrative of unresolved issues, ongoing debate and missed opportunities
Measuring the education pipeline: Critical data elements indicating readiness, transition and success
Double jeopardy: How third-grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation
Expanded measures of school performance
Designing common assessments to be measures of college and career readiness: Challenges and opportunities
One year out: Findings from a national survey among members of the high school graduating class of 2010
After-school toolkit: TIps, techniques, and templates for improving program quality
Innovations in developmental math: Community colleges enhance support for nontraditional students
Public school graduates and dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School year 2008-09
Leaving no worker behind: Community colleges retrain the Michigan workforce-and themselves
Young children of immigrants and the path to educational success: Key themes from an Urban Institute roundtable
K-12 education reform: Implications and opportunities for public colleges and universities
Helping students get back on track: What federal policymakers can learn from New York City's multiple pathways to graduation initiative
Optimism, college major, and post-secondary dropout
Affirming the goal: Is college and career readiness an internationally competitive standard?
America's Promise Alliance dropout prevention summits
A sharper focus on technical workers: How to educate and train for the global economy
ED Data Express
Achieving the possible: What Americans think about the college- and career-ready agenda
The state of state standards - and the Common Core - in 2010
The condition of college and career readiness 2010
Lumina Foundation focus: The productivity push: System wide reform allows Arizona to serve more students
Postsecondary expectations and plans for the high school senior class of 2003-04
STEM coursetaking among high school graduates, 1990-2005
Hours of opportunity: Lessons from five cities on building systems to improve after-school, summer school, and other out-of-school time programs
Putting data into practice: Lessons from New York City
Effective dropout prevention and recovery: State dropout policy profiles
Chidren's Budget 2010
Strong foundations: The state of postsecondary data systems
2009 Report on Indiana's dropout student population
State college- and career-ready high school graduation requirements comparison table
Welfare reform and intergenerational mobility
Public school graduates and dropouts from the common core of data: School year 2007-08
Online learning: Addressing challenges and seizing opportunities
Turning community college drop-outs into graduates
The achievement gap where you live
Increasing baccalaureate attainment in Louisville: A proposed blueprint for community action
Understanding the common core state standards
Understanding the K-12 common core standards in English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects
New approaches to improving college access, persistence, and success: Three exemplary postsecondary opportunity programs
Third grade literacy policies: Identification, intervention, retention
Simplifying student aid: What it would mean for states
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in health professions and related programs by academic level
Review of the effects of school vouchers on college enrollment: Experimental evidence from New York City
Balancing passion and practicality: The role of debt and major on students' financial outcomes: Executive Summary
Education at a glance 2012: OECD indicators
Overcoming the poverty challenge to enable college and career readiness for all: The crucial role of student supports
For this place, for these people: An exploration of best practices among charter schools serving native students
Weighing the evidence: A conversation with community college presidents on using research to support student success outcomes
Forgotten youth: Re-engaging students through dropout recovery
Learning from the past: Drawing on California's CLAS experience to inform assessment of the Common Core
The reality of college readiness 2012: National report
Men of color: A role for policymakers in improving the status of black male students in U.S. higher education
A framework for advancing career and technical education: Recommendations for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act
The limited career prospects for high school graduates without additional education and training
High standards help struggling students: New evidence
Highlights from TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and science achievement of U.S. fourth and eighth-grade students in an international context
Community college access and affordability for occupational and nontraditional students
Test, punish, and push out: How zero tolerance and high-stakes testing funnel youth into the school to prison pipeline
Telling it like it is: Youth speak out on the school to prison pipeline
What gets measured gets done: Adding college-course completion to K-12 accountability systems
Challenging success: Can college degree completion be increased as states cut budgets?
Experimental evidence on the effect of childhood investments on postsecondary attainment and degree completion
The CollegeKeys Compact: Getting into college: A cross-cohort examination of college preparations by lower-SES students
2011 National survey of school counselors: School counseling at a crossroads
School counselors literature and landscape review: The state of school counseling in America
Trends in Chicago's schools across three eras of reform: Full report
What four states are doing to support data-driven decision-making: Policies, practices, and programs
Dropout recovery is national recovery: How federal policies can support the spread of Back on Track through College pathways
New measures, new perspectives: Graduates time-and-credits-to degree in SREB states
Pathways through graduate school and into careers
California District Report Cards
2012 State of the state addresses: Governors' top education issues
Supporting our youngest children: Early Head Start programs in 2010
A tool using data to inform a state early childhood agenda
Student success courses and educational outcomes at Virginia community colleges
2012 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning?
Lightening the load: A look at four ways that community schools can support effective teaching
Sustained positive effects on graduation rates produced by New York City's small public high schools of choice
State high school tests: Changes in state policies and the impact of the college and career readiness movement
The impacts of state performance funding systems on higher education institutions: Research literature review and policy implications
Still on the sidelines: What role will higher education trustees play in higher education reform?