The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents a critical opportunity for state leaders to establish aligned K-12 and higher education goals to increase the number of youth who successfully attain a postsecondary credential of value. Getting more students prepared for higher education is a critical step toward
meeting postsecondary completion goals and, ultimately, a state's long-term economic needs.
Leveraging ESSA provides strategies for aligning K-12 and higher education goals in state ESSA plans to help students transition successfully from high school to postsecondary education. We will also release follow-up resources that take a deeper dive into standards and assessments later this year.