Ready for College

It's never too soon for students to begin thinking of themselves as college material. Middle and junior high students should be developing the habits and skills of successful students and taking challenging courses to prepare themselves for the increasing rigor of college prep classes in high school. Articles in this section address academic rigor, early college awareness, college access programs, and social supports for the college bound.

Closing the Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment

December 01, 2016 1:54:41 PM

Balfanz, R., DePaoli, J., Ingram, E., Bridgeland, J., Fox, J., (2016). Closing the Gap: A roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment. Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.

Certificates Count: An Analysis

December 22, 2010 11:39:52 AM

Complete College America. (2010). Certificates count: An analysis of sub-baccalaureate certificates. Washington, DC: Author.

A First Look at the Commom Core and College and Career Readiness

December 20, 2010 1:10:09 PM

ACT. (2010). A first look at the common core and college and career readiness. Iowa City, IA: Author.

Crossing the Bridge: GED Credentials and Postsecondary Educational Outcomes

November 01, 2010 3:20:34 PM

American Council on Education. (2010). Crossing the bridge: GED credentials and postsecondary outcomes. Washington, D.C.: Author.

No Time to Waste: Policy Recommendations for Improving College Completion

November 01, 2010 3:09:15 PM

Souther Regional Education Board. (2010). No Time to Waste: Policy Recommendations for Improving College Completion. Atlanta, GA: Author.

Promoting Quality: State Strategies for Overseeing Dual Enrollment Programs

November 01, 2010 3:02:10 PM

Lowe, A.I. (2010). Promoting quality: State strategies for Overseeing dual enrollment programs. Chapel Hill, NC: National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

State High School Exit Exams: Trends in Test Programs, Alternate Pathways, and Pass Rates

February 17, 2010 2:41:13 PM

Zhang, Y. (2009). State high school exit exams: trends in test programs, alternate pathways, and pass rates. Washington, DC: Center for Education Policy.

College- and Career-Ready: Using Outcomes Data to Hold High Schools Accountable for Student Success

January 26, 2010 4:21:56 PM

Aldeman, Chad. (2009). College- and career-ready: using outcomes data to hold high schools accountable for student success. Washington, DC: Education Sector.

Promise Lost: College-Qualified Students Who Don't Enroll In College

December 22, 2009 2:00:00 PM

Institute for Higher Education Policy. (2008). Promise lost: college-qualified students who don't enroll in college. Washington, DC: Author.

A Developmental Perspective on College and Workplace Readiness

December 18, 2009 3:21:48 PM

Lippman, L, Atienza, A., Rivers, A. & Kieth, J. (2008). A Developmental Perspective on College and Workplace Readiness. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

High Schools as Launch Pads: How College-Going Culture Improves Graduation Rates in Low-Income Schools

December 18, 2009 3:01:59 PM

College Summit. (2008).High Schools as Launch Pads: How College-Going Culture Improves Graduation Rates in Low-Income Schools. Washington, DC: Author.

From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College

December 18, 2009 2:46:26 PM

Roderick, M. Nagaoka, J., Coca, V. & Moeller, E. (2008). From high school to the future: potholes on the road to college. Chicago: Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago.

From High School to the Future: The Path Toward 20

December 18, 2009 2:35:05 PM

Easton, J., Ponisciak, Stephen, & Luppescu, Stuart. (2008) From High School to the Future: the path toward 20. Chicago: Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago.

Measuring Up 2008

December 18, 2009 2:28:24 PM

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. (2008). Measuring Up. Washington, DC: Author.

Preparing High School Students for Successful Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Employment

December 18, 2009 2:22:18 PM

Bangser, M. (2008). Preparing high school students for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment. Washington, DC: National High School Center.

The Promise of Proficiency: How College Proficiency Information Can Help High Schools Drive Success

December 18, 2009 2:00:16 PM

Schramm, J.B. & Zalesne, E.K. (2009). The promise of proficiency: how college proficiency information can help high schools drive success. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress.

Removing Roadblocks to Rigor: Linking Academic and Social Supports to Ensure College Readiness and Success

December 18, 2009 1:54:26 PM

Savitz-Romer, M., Jager-Hyman, J. & Coles, A. (2009). Removing roadblocks to rigor: linking academic and social supports to ensure college readiness and success. Washington, DC: Pathways to College Network.

Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma That Counts

December 18, 2009 12:02:45 PM

Achieve (2004). Ready or not: creating a high school diploma that counts. Washington, DC: Author.

Closing the Expectations Gap

December 18, 2009 11:59:51 AM

Achieve. (2011). Closing the expectations gap. Washington, DC: Author.

College-Ready Students, Student-Ready Colleges: An Agenda to Improve Degree Completion

December 18, 2009 11:37:36 AM

Soares, L. & Mazzeo, C. (2008). College-ready students, student-ready colleges: an agenda for improving degree completion in postsecondary education.

Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation

December 18, 2009 11:26:21 AM

National Women's Law Center and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. (2009). Listening to Latinas: barriers to high school graduation. Washington, DC: Author.

Creating College Readiness: Profiles of 38 Schools That Know How

December 18, 2009 11:21:56 AM

Conley, D. (2009). Creating college readiness: profiles of 38 schools that know how. Eugene, OR: Educational Policy Improvement Center.

Redefining College Readiness

December 18, 2009 11:15:23 AM

Conley, D. (2007). Redefining college readiness. Eugene, OR: Educational Policy Improvement Center.

Barriers to College Attainment: Lessons from Chicago

December 18, 2009 11:09:26 AM

Nagoka, J., Roderick, M. & Coca, V. (2009). Barriers to college attainment: lessons from Chicago. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress

Improving Academic Preparation for College: What We Know and How State and Federal Policy Can Help

December 16, 2009 4:47:25 PM

Chait, Robin and Andrea Venezia. (2009). Improving Academic Preparation for College: What We Know and How State and Federal Policy Can Help. Washington, D.C.: Center for American Progress.

Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do

December 16, 2009 3:49:06 PM

Tierney, W. G., Bailey, T., Constantine, J., Finkelstein, N., & Hurd, N. F. (2009). Helping students navigate the path to college: What high schools can do: A practice guide (NCEE #2009-4066). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from

Success At Every Step: How 23 Programs Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond

December 16, 2009 3:28:06 PM

Hooker, S. & Brand, B. (2009). Success at every step: how 23 programs support youth on the path to college and beyond. Washington, DC: AYPF.

An Inequitable Invitation to Citizenship: Non-College-Bound Youth and Civic Engagement

December 07, 2009 2:21:38 PM

Zaff, J., Youniss, J., & Gibson, C. (2009). An inequitable invitation to citizenship: non-college-bound youth and civic engagement. Washington, DC: Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE).

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