Postsecondary Transitions

Success starts with preparation. America’s postsecondary attainment gaps necessitate that K-12 systems prepare more students for success in college and career. We help K-12 and higher education systems and institutions collaborate to adopt aligned policies and strategies that increase readiness and success, resulting in more high school graduates attaining a postsecondary credential with labor market value.

Align K-12 and postsecondary expectations

Establishing high and aligned expectations sends clear signals to students about the level of preparation necessary for postsecondary success. ESG works with states and systems to promote alignment for long-term student success.

Facilitate seamless transitions into postsecondary

Students need high-quality pathways that start in high school and articulate into postsecondary education, along with opportunities to accelerate their momentum through the transition. ESG works with states and systems to develop collaborative strategies that deliver significantly more students into higher education ready to engage in credit-bearing coursework from day one.

Extend navigational supports for students

Expand advising supports to help students traverse the barriers that stand in their path to postsecondary access, enrollment and persistence. ESG works with states, systems and communities in designing and expanding aligned K-12 and higher education advising to guide and support students on the path to postsecondary success.

Modernize accountability systems to promote readiness

What’s measured gets valued by schools. ESG works with states on the design and implementation of accountability and reporting systems grounded in research on what it means to be college- and career-ready and the leading examples of how states are measuring student readiness for life beyond high school.

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Courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action