Ready or Not? Preparing All Students For a Meaningful Post–High School Experience

by Marie O'Hara
Monday, February 10, 2020

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More students than ever before are graduating from high school, but other measures of graduates’ academic preparation have not seen corresponding gains. What are students ready for, exactly? States are grappling with creating the right pathways through high school to best prepare students for life after high school. This paper presents the complicated and fluid graduation requirements landscape across states, analyzes states’ recent student outcomes data, and prioritizes key actions for state education leaders looking to improve student outcomes.

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Marie O’Hara serves as the director of research at Achieve, managing the organization’s state policy and student outcomes work. She is also responsible for identifying the best practices of states and districts in implementing college- and career-ready standards, graduation requirements, student assessments, and school accountability and data systems. Prior to her work at Achieve, O’Hara worked at the American Institutes for Research.

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