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College Completion Agenda State Policy Guide

Each of the commission’s recommendations is the focus of a chapter in the State Policy Guide. The ten recommendations are:
 

Monday, June 28, 2010
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The College Board and the National Conference of State Legislatures joined together to produce a practical policy guide for state legislators to pursue each of the Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education's recommendations. The guide acts as a road map toward increasing the number of Americans who attain a postsecondary degree and empowering legislators to be an even more positive and active force in education reform.

Improving College Completion - Gathering Information: Tips for Legislators

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  • How many adults in the state have a postsecondary credential or degree?
  • How many students are placed into remedial courses and how do they perform in those courses? How many remedial students complete a degree?
  • How successful are students in first-year, introductory courses (also known as gateway courses)?
  • Do institutions in the state administer exit surveys to track the reasons students drop out? If so, what are the main reasons?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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State legislators are in a prime position to help increase college completion. They have the power to enact effective policies that can increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree. Before developing policies, however, legislators will want to know exactly what the problems are in their state. This guide provides some tips for gathering essential information and data related to college completion.
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Impact of Youth Development Programs On Student Academic Achievement

School districts and municipalities throughout the U.S. are under intense pressure to reform schools, raise graduation rates, and better prepare American youth for a workforce that must compete globally. Improving America’s educational system so that all students have access to a quality education is important but focusing on that system alone will not ensure the educational success of our nation’s young people.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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This brief cites the importance of a full-range of developmental assets, in school, in the home and in the community, that youth need to succeed. It indicates that “meaningful progress in improving educational outcomes must involve multiple stakeholders and a variety of sustained efforts over time.”

Summit Toolbox: Planning a Successful Summit

Community events and summits are generally intended to build a sense of urgency around the crisis facing America's young people, secure a commitment to action from leaders in all sectors and most importantly, to result in follow-up action plans to strengthen current efforts and initiate new strategic activity to help more young people graduate from high school ready for college, work and life.

Sunday, August 23, 2009
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The website by the America's Promise Alliance contains tips, templates, reference materials and other resources to help you plan a successful event to galvanize your community to take action to improve the lives of youth.

Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle The Dropout Crisis

Grad Nation contains research-based guidance for addressing the dropout crisis, along with ready-to-print tools and links to additional online resources.

One size does not fit all, so you will not find step-by-step instructions for a standardized program. Instead, Grad Nation provides information and tools for developing and implementing a customized program that’s right for your community.

Thursday, May 28, 2009
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This guidebook contains research, best practices, and key tools for tackling a community’s dropout challenge. The guide will help communities develop community-specific plans for keeping students on track to graduate from high school and to be prepared for college, the workforce, and active citizenship.

5 Ways To Build a Culture of Collaboration with Staff, Teachers and Parents

By Sharon D. Kruse

Kruse is the author of the AASA book Building Strong School Cultures: A Leader’s Guide to Change, published by Corwin Press.

The following tips can help you build a culture of collaboration in your school.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Creating a school culture that ensures positive outcomes for all students requires an “all hands on deck” approach to meeting the needs of the school community. Yet, bringing staff, teachers and parents together to do the work of the school is not easy. Collaboration cannot be coerced nor compelled. Rather, school leaders must help all members of the school community feel a sense of pride and ownership in their work.
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6 Tips for Leading with Data for School Improvement


By Ellen Goldring and Mark Berends

Goldring and Berends are authors of the AASA book Leading with Data: A Path to School Improvement, published by Corwin Press.

The anchor for school improvement efforts is a schoolwide focus on teaching and learning. Toward that end, successful school leaders attend to school effectiveness indicators that are rooted in leading with data, including:

Saturday, October 23, 2010
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Today’s effective educational leaders use data extensively to guide them in making decisions, setting and prioritizing goals, and monitoring progress. They also use data to define needs, plan interventions and evaluate progress. This short paper outlines key considerations to think through to ensure the best use of data for effective leadership.
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Educating the Total Child Campaign Resources

Through the Educating the Total Child advocacy campaign, AASA members are committed to creating the conditions necessary for all students to become successful, lifelong learners. The campaign addresses three key factors that determine children’s academic achievement:

Sunday, January 23, 2011
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AASA believes it’s time to get back to the basics of supporting the total child — from physical and mental health to the development of fundamental, lifelong learning skills. Only when children have support for all their needs will schools have a real chance of helping every student master required education concepts and skills.
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Are They Really Ready to Work?

If excellence is necessary for America to continue to effectively compete in the global economy, then there is much work to be done in preparing the next generation of professionals to enter the workplace.

Sunday, April 22, 2007
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Given the urgent need to find skilled professionals, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management conducted a survey, "Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce", to gain a better understanding of the readiness of new entrants to the workforce.

Tomorrow’s Workforce: Ready or Not – It’s a Choice the Business Community Must Make Now

Friday, May 23, 2008
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This report, prepared by Corporate Voices for Working Families, spotlights the challenges facing the business community—and highlights actions that can be taken now to help solve a problem that involves not just young people, but one that touches the lives of everyone.

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