College access is taking center stage on the national education policy scene, and College Summit has a large role to play as evidenced by the following events/activities:


Thought Leadership

2013: SMART SHOPPERS: The end of the “College for All” debate, provides high-level recommendations for government, educators, and business to help parents and students become “smart, discerning shoppers.”

2011: Seizing the Measurement Moment, reports the progress each state has made in getting data into the hands of parents, educators and policymakers and makes recommendations for all states to ensure they are aligned and making progress on their college and career-ready goals.

2009:  The Promise of Proficiency focuses on using postsecondary outcome data to drive high school reform.

2008:  High Schools as Launch Pads highlights the importance of building a college-going culture in order to improve student achievement and attainment.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act Recommendations

When reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Congress has the opportunity to support state and district efforts to leverage postsecondary data to improve student achievement. In addition to continued support for the development of state longitudinal data systems, Congress should respond to community and parent demand for postsecondary outcome data.

Recommendation #1: Parent-Centered Measures

Place in the hands of parents and communities a top-tier set of reporting measures on the issues parents care most about – easy to understand, meaningful outcome measures that inform parents and communities on the progress of their children’s schools:

• Math / English Achievement

• High School Graduation

• College Enrollment

• Credit Accumulation

Recommendation #2: Reward High Schools for Postsecondary Progress

Through competitive grant programs and incentive/reward programs, reward states and K-12 districts that improve students’ postsecondary achievement. In addition, allow states to select “postsecondary outcomes” as one of the required categories of improvement/diagnoses indicators for school improvement.

Social Innovation Fund

College Summit supports federal policies that identify innovation, invest wisely, and release civic energy to solve today’s pressing social problems. A core focus of this support is for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a public-private investment partnership established under the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009. The SIF is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service and designed to leverage philanthropic support to invest in intermediary grant making organizations. These organizations then fund effective portfolios of nonprofit organizations to help them grow to serve more low-income communities.

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