CO Council on High School/College Relations 2012
(PDF, 1.41MB, 12/12)
PA Commission for Community Colleges 2012 Student Success Forum
(PDF, 537K, 10/12)
2012 NACAC National Conference
2012 ECS National Forum on Education Policy
P-16/P-20 Councils A National Landscape
(PDF, 419K, 4/12)
2011 NACEP National Conference
(PDF, 741K, 10/11)
Oklahoma Legislative Task Force on Achieving Classroom Excellence
(PowerPoint, 205K, 10/09)
Joint Meeting of Utah Board of Regents/State Board
(PowerPoint, 209K, 7/09)
State-Level Concurrent Enrollment Policies
(PowerPoint, 491K, 3/09)
New England Board of Higher Education Conference
(PowerPoint, 870K, 1/09)
ECS/Kauffman Regional Meeting for Heartland/ Midwest
(PowerPoint, 355K, 12/08)
Nevada Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 300K, 11/08)
MIND Research Institute Forum
(PowerPoint, 3MB, 10/08)
Alaska Legislators and Educators: Dropout Prevention
(PowerPoint, 792K, 10/08)
Alaska Legislators and Educators: P-16
(PowerPoint, 432K, 10/08)
Kauffman Math and Science Seminar
(PowerPoint, 5.5MB, 5/08)
New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend
(PowerPoint, 108K, 2/08)
Colorado P-20 Council
(PowerPoint 92K, 2/08)
Nevada P-16 Advisory Council
(PowerPoint, 217K, 12/07)
Colorado Dropout Prevention Summit
(PowerPoint, 540K, 12/07)
ECS 2007 Fall Steering Committee Meeting
(PowerPoint, 222K, 11/07)
Oklahoma Senate Education Committee
(PowerPoint, 977K, 10/07)
ECS 2007 National Forum on Education Policy
(PowerPoint, 319K, 7/07)
Welcome to the Education Commission of the States' High School Database
Why this issue matters
- Research indicates that a student's chances of completing high school and enrolling in and completing a postsecondary program of study improve when the student completes a rigorous high school curriculum.
- All students should be held to common, high expectations.
- Additional coursework options or requirements — such as career majors, individual learning plans, early graduation, proficiency-based credit — can lend relevance to the high school curriculum and help students think about next steps after high school graduation.
Why our methodology matters
- Primary resources: ECS draws its information primarily from state statute, rules and regulations, recently enacted legislation, executive orders, and other primary source documents.
- As needed, policies (and their interpretation) are confirmed with state-level staff.
- We believe that policy helps institutionalize practice.
- Our goal is to document where the underlying authority lies, and where consensus has been strong enough to adopt a common approach.
Related ECS products
- College-ready Standards database
- Alignment of high school graduation requirements and state-set college admission requirements database
- Policy brief: What Policymakers Need to Know About the Cost of Implementing Lab-Based Science Course Requirements
- Policy brief: Ensuring Rigor in the High School Curriculum: What States Are Doing
- Policy brief: Embedding College Readiness Indicators in High School Curriculum and Assessments
- StateNote: Mathematics and Science Education in the States
- StateNote: Alignment of High School Graduation Requirements and State-Set College Admissions Requirements
- Recent state policies/activities database
- High School Graduation Requirements issue site
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, senior policy analyst
Use the diagram below to view the components of state-level high school reform, and their relationship to one another.
Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth (firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.299.3689) with any questions on the High School Policy Center, or on high school policy and research.