The Promise of Proficiency

How College Proficiency Information Can Help High Schools Drive Student Success

While schools have spent decades learning to measure and manage toward graduation, they now need the data and measurement tools that will demonstrate their college proficiency rate—or how well their students are doing the year after high school. Without this information they must rely on anecdotes at best and guesswork at worst.  This paper proposes that every high school in America learn in a systematic, methodical way how its graduates are doing, whether in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, vocational programs, or apprenticeships.  With this information in hand, high schools can make sound, strategic decisions to launch their students to postsecondary success.

By J.B. Schramm, E. Kinney Zalesne | December 3, 2009

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