The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is pleased to present the latest installment from its Policy Matters series.
A confluence of major K-12 education reform efforts has significant implications and offers tremendous opportunities for the nation’s public colleges and universities to boost high school graduates’ success in higher education and beyond. Potential congressional reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), states’ implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the federally incentivized Race to the Top program allow state colleges and universities to play a critical role in supporting secondary and postsecondary student achievement, improving the quality of teacher and school leader preparation and further demonstrating public accountability.
This policy brief explores this historic window of opportunity for major reform and innovation in K-12 education and discusses how public institutions of higher education can serve as essential partners in implementing sound education policy at the national, state and local level.
Authored by Blakely Elizabeth Whilden, Assistant Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis