Preventing a Lost COVID Cohort

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on students’ higher education plans. Last fall, National Student Clearinghouse data revealed an alarming 22% drop in the number of students enrolling in college directly after high school graduation. At a time when economic mobility is largely defined by postsecondary credentials of value, the pandemic is threatening

From Tails to Heads: Building Momentum for Postsecondary Success

ESG and the Level Up Coalition are pleased to release a new in-depth report: From Tails to Heads: Building Momentum for Postsecondary Success. The report offers a framework for a new set of postsecondary transition metrics for states and communities to prioritize in order to help more students successfully move to and through higher education.

Fast Track FAFSA Completion

Informed by an analysis of state and local policies and practices from across the country, Fast Track FAFSA Completion provides a roadmap for states and local communities to dramatically increase the likelihood that students complete the FAFSA.

Disaggregated Data: Not Just a Box Checking Exercise

Families and communities deserve to know whether their local schools are serving the needs of every student. Without access to disaggregated data – information about student performance broken down by different student groups – that is easy to access and interpret, families and parents can’t understand how different groups of students are being served or

Making Good on the Promise

Advance CTE’s Making Good on the Promise: Ensuring Equitable Success through CTE, explores how states can use data-driven support systems to meet learners’ needs; provide integrated support services to secure wellness, academic preparation and financial stability; and create the enabling conditions for successful transitions. The report aims to provide a roadmap for states to learn

The State of Career Technical Education: Improving Data Quality and Effectiveness

The authorization of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) provides states an opportunity to improve their data systems and make more data-informed decisions. The State of Career Technical Education: Improving Data Quality and Effectiveness report is designed to serve as a roadmap for state policymakers as they redesign


The third edition of the Making Career Readiness Count report examines how states are measuring college and career readiness in their state and federal accountability systems. The report uses four categories of college and career readiness: Progress Toward Post-High School Credential; Co-Curricular Learning and Leadership Experiences; Assessment of Readiness; and Transitions Beyond High School. The

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