Improving College and Career Outcomes of Low-Performing High School Students
Jacobson, Louis S.
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Current school accountability systems prioritize high school graduation rather than successful college and career outcomes. Many students who perform at or below average in high school are not prepared for college and do not attain postsecondary degrees or high-value certificates. This article proposes that states evaluate schools on the basis of outcome-based measures such as completion of a postsecondary credential six years after graduation. Schools would adopt best practices for enhancing postsecondary outcomes, including 1) introducing planning-for-the-future modules for middle and high school students; 2) making college readiness assessments and courses available to all students; and 3) partnering with outside groups to provide students with mentorship opportunities.