Series Overview

Series: Achieving the Benefits of K-12 and Higher Education Alignment

Client: Core to College Network

In this series of briefs we provide an introduction to important areas for effective K–12/higher education collaboration and alignment. Each brief tackles a different issue: 1) Overall introduction; 2) Defining college- and career-readiness; 3) Adopting college- and career-ready assessments; 4) Developing and using college readiness courses; 5) Aligning gateway college courses; and 6) Redesigning educator preparation programs. Each brief describes a different alignment challenge, and contains practical advice for action, important resources and state examples.

The series is based on our experience as the national director for the Core to College project and the experience of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) with the College and Career Readiness Partnership.

Brief 1: An Introduction

In this brief we outline what alignment between K-12 and higher education means and how to achieve it in practice. We go into detail on why alignment is important and what the key elements of alignment are. We then offer...
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Brief 2: Defining College and Career Readiness

In this brief we outline how K-12 and higher education can create a shared definition of what college and career readiness means. We found that this shared definition often forms the basis of a broader K-12/higher education college readiness improvement...
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Brief 3: Adopting New College and Career Ready Assessments

In this brief, we address the dual issues of assessment development and use. More than ever, the K-12 and higher education sectors are working together on the quality of assessments to ensure that scores reflect each students’ readiness after graduation....
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Brief 4: Developing and Using College Readiness Courses

In this brief we describe how K-12 and higher education can collaborate to develop college readiness courses, which ensure that every student is ready to start higher education on their first day. Research shows that students who enter higher education...
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Brief 5: Aligning Gateway College Courses

In this brief we describe how K-12 and higher education can collaborate on the courses that students first take when they begin postsecondary education. Students perform better and stick with higher education longer when they have a smooth, seamless transition...
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Brief 6: Redesigning Educator Prep Programs

In this brief we discuss the importance of aligning teacher preparation programs with the classroom experience in K-12 schools. Until recently, most preparation programs focused solely on inputs rather than how their graduates performed with students. Improving the standards for...
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