Taking Alignment to the Next Level: How K-12 and Higher Education Can Collaborate to Support Student Success

This report highlights bright spots across the country that have been successful in increasing the number of high school students prepared for and successfully transitioning to postsecondary education and training programs. This brief also provides high impact strategies to develop and scale solutions that can strengthen collaboration and alignment between the workforce, K–12, and higher

FAFSA Success Guide

This report provides a roadmap to assist school leaders, school districts, and community partners in their efforts to raise FAFSA completion rates.

Credential Currency How States Can Identify and Promote Credentials of Value

Credentials have currency in two primary ways: they (1) help an individual find employment or advance in the workforce and/or (2) accelerate a student’s progression into and through postsecondary education and training. It is critical that states place their greatest focus on the credentials that provide the greatest value to students and employers.  This report

Are High School Diplomas Really a Ticket to College and Work? An Audit of State High School Graduation Requirements

To understand how high school graduation requirements match up with student’s chosen postsecondary pathway of choice, the Center for American Progress reviewed high school coursework requirements for each state, including Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The report highlights opportunities for K-12 and higher education to collaborate to align standards to ensure student success.

Show Me the Data

This report provides helpful information about steps states can take to improve report cards so that they meet the needs of parents, communities, and legislators.  Report cards are one of the most powerful ways states can promote transparency, strengthen accountability, and ensure that everyone with a stake in education has access to the information they