All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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About College Readiness

About College Readiness

David T. Conley at the Center for Educational Policy Research offers a comprehensive definition of college readiness that includes content knowledge, critical thinking skills, self-monitoring behaviors/study skills, and interpersonal and social skills. Articles in this section explore these elements. More »


Dropout Prevention

Dropout Prevention

Many teens who struggle with reading and writing get discouraged and quit school, but research tells us a lot about how to prevent students from dropping out, as well as how to design effective intervention programs for students who have already left or graduated from school. More »

Academic Rigor

Academic Rigor

Many students graduate from high school but still lack the skills to succeed in college. The demands of college require that students take academic classes that include and in-depth content coverage and the development of students' critical reading, writing, analytical thinking, and reasoning abilities. More »


Books for the College Bound

Books for the College Bound

A YALSA committee of public, secondary school, and academic librarians selected these lists for several audiences (students preparing for college, educators, librarians, and parents). The titles round out students' reading as they prepare for college entrance exams and courses, to strengthen their knowledge in a variety of subject areas and enhance appreciation for different cultures and times.

Early College Awareness

Early College Awareness

It's never too soon for kids to begin thinking of themselves as college material and students in middle and junior high should be developing the habits and skills of successful students and be taking challenging courses to prepare themselves for the increasing rigor of college prep classes in high school. More »


Research and Reports

Research and Reports

Improving college readiness and graduation rates is an important topic in research and policy circles. In this section we highlight a sample of the most relevant reports.

Note: Links in this section may take you to other websites. More »