High School

High School Topics

Adolescent Literacy

Advanced Placement

Career and Technical Education

College-Ready Standards

Dual Enrollment

Early/Middle College High Schools

Exit Exams

Graduation Rates

Graduation Requirements

High School/College Alignment

High School-Level Accountability

High School-Level Assessment

Highlights of Local Initiatives

International Baccalaureate

P-16/P-20 Councils

Postsecondary Feedback Systems

Special Populations in High School Assessments

State Initiatives to Improve High Schools

STEM

Student Accountability

Student Support and Remediation

Virtual High Schools


Policy Briefs

Advanced Placement

College-Ready Indicators

Dispelling the Myths About Raising Grad Requirements

Dropout Recovery

Dual Enrollment

Early College High Schools

Early Graduation

Ensuring Rigor

Improving College Access for Underserved Students

Involving Families

Ninth Grade Transitions

P-16

P-16 Landmines

Parental Involvement at the HS Level

Remediation

Science Lab Costs

State Supports for Low-Performing High Schools

Teacher Professional Development

Teachers and "College Knowledge"


State Notes

Alignment of HS/PS

High School Agenda - Who's Doing What (2008 update)

Math and Science

P-16


Recent Presentations

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
( PDF, 10/12)

2012 ECS National Forum on Education Policy
(PDF, 1.5MB, 7/12)

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)


Related ECS Links

High School Policy Center
Learn more about the ECS High School Policy Center (HSPC) and join our e-mail list to receive updates as new High School Policy Center products are posted on ecs.org.

Also be sure to visit the High School issue site.



Welcome to the Education Commission of the States' High School Database


High School-Level Assessment

Why this issue matters

Communities benefit when:

  • They know how well students can read and write (and how well they know their history, science, etc.).
  • Students take assessments more seriously because the tests hold potential personal consequences or personal recognition.

Students benefit when:

  • They learn, while still in high school, whether they are prepared for postsecondary education.
  • States provide a means of ensuring students' unmet needs are identified early enough to be addressed.
  • They have alternatives to standardized tests to demonstrate they have met learning objectives.
  • High school assessments are aligned with college entrance expectations. Additionally, students who previously did not have college expectations benefit when they are encouraged to pursue postsecondary education based on the results of statewide mandatory college admission assessments.

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

Staff contact:
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, senior policy analyst
303.299.3689
jdounay@ecs.org

State Profiles


A report containing most information available in the High School-Level Assessment database for a single state.

50-State Reports


  1. High School-Level Assessment (all data points for all states)

  2. High School-Level Assessments: Subjects tested

  3. High School-Level Assessments: Grade level(s) tested

  4. High School-Level Assessments: Include college-ready measures (i.e., ACT, SAT, EXPLORE, PLAN, PSAT, aligned with college placement tests, etc.)

  5. High School-Level Assessments: Include end-of-course exams

  6. High School-Level Assessments: End-of-course and/or exit exam used for NCLB accountability

  7. High School-Level Assessments: All students required to take diagnostic exams

  8. High School-Level Assessments: Allow for portfolios/performance-based assessment for students who do not have IEPs

  9. High School-Level Assessments: State requires ACT or SAT for all students

  10. High School-Level Assessments: Purpose(s) of high school-level exam

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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 (jdounay@ecs.org or 303.299.3689) with any questions on the High School Policy Center, or on high school policy and research.

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