ECS Highlights Tools to Strengthen High School Transitions & Success
DENVER, CO – Today the Education Commission of the States (ECS) goes
live with three new resources focused on policies to ensure academic
success in high school. The policy briefs build on research suggesting
the 9th-grade transition year, along with parental engagement and teacher
preparation, are critical to academic success in and after high school.
A 9th-grade transitions policy brief reviews research emphasizing the
freshman year as a predictor for high school success. The policy brief
identifies solid approaches to develop and support successful transition
model policies, articulating how such policies look, whether they are
aimed at funding summer “catch-up” programs, growing positive peer
networks or developing individual graduation plans.
Successful high school transitions also are heavily dependent on parental
support and guidance, yet research suggests many parents are unsure of
how best to support their child during the high school years. A second
policy brief highlights research indicating the types of parental
involvement that positively impact high school students. Designed for
state policymakers, this resource also identifies a set of policies and
practices that reflect and reinforce a commitment to increase parental
parents are key to students’ success, no matter what grade those students
are in,” ECS President Roger Sampson notes. “Yet too many parents don’t
know how to be involved once their child leaves the elementary grades.
This policy brief provides real answers to help state and district level
leaders get parents of high school students involved in meaningful ways.”
Research indicates that along with parents, teachers also are instrumental
development at the high school level and provides state policy
suggestions for each.
“As the research shows, 9th grade is a ‘make-or-break’ year for high
school success. States need to make sure they’re providing the supports
these students need to set them on the path to high school graduation,”
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is the only nationwide,
nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education. ECS helps
governors, legislators, state education officials and others identify,
develop and implement public policies to improve student learning
at all levels. A nonprofit organization, ECS was formed in 1965 and is
located in Denver, Colorado.
For questions or more information about these or other high school
policy issues, please contact ECS Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Dounay
Announcement was released on Thursday, December 11, 2008.