New Report: Closing the Expectations Gap 2010

Posted by on March 22, 2010

Progress in assessment

A new report from Achieve, a nonprofit group created by the nation’s governors and business leaders, charts changes in state standards and practices in the years following its National Education Summit in 2005. Five years after the summit, 31 states report having college- and career-ready standards, including eight that adopted aligned high school standards in the past year. In 2005, only three states had graduation requirements that all students complete four years of mathematics at the level of what is typically taught in an Algebra II course, and four years of grade-level English. Today, 20 states and the District of Columbia require these for graduation. At the time of the summit, only three states had operational P-20 longitudinal data systems. Today, 16 states report that they have begun to match K-12 and postsecondary student-level data annually, including five new states in the past year. However, at the time of the summit, no state had a comprehensive college- and career-ready accountability system, and there has been little progress in this area in the five years following.

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