Raising the Bar: A Baseline for College and Career Readiness in Our Nation’s High School Core Courses

How well are our nation’s high schools preparing students for college and career?

What is taught and learned in the courses students take—especially in core courses in English, mathematics, and science—contributes substantially to what students are able to do once they leave high school with diploma in hand.

However, simply taking core courses does not guarantee student readiness. We need evidence of the degree to which core courses in our schools currently contribute toward preparing students for college and career.

Such evidence would also give us an idea of how much improvement is needed in core courses to increase their effectiveness and students’ readiness.

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