A First Look at Higher Performing High Schools

School Qualities that Educators Believe Contribute Most to College and Career Readiness

While national college and career readiness statistics suggest significant room for improvement, there are high schools across the country where students are advancing more quickly towards college and career readiness.

What is it about these schools that educators perceive contribute most to their students’ growth? How far along are these schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards?

The study addressed these and other questions by surveying educators at high schools across the country that have demonstrated strong progress towards college and career readiness.


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