Successfully navigating the path to college requires both preparation for college academics and practical knowledge of the college entry process. For students who face challenges in either or both of these areas, the guidance and support they receive in high school plays a major role in their postsecondary access and success. High schools can improve long-term post secondary outcomes by preparing students academically for the rigors of college-level work, establishing a process to regularly assess and intervene to keep students on track for college, building a community of supportive adults and peers who foster college aspirations, and offering students and families assistance in the college entry process from choosing the right school to securing financial aid.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do.

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Learning Together: Academic Preparation for College

This tool is designed for school groups to learn together about preparing students for college-level work. The activities are designed to provide an introduction to the research-based...

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07/10/2014
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Research Review Assignment

As a major component of instruction, teachers at University Park Campus School (UPCS) purposefully create assignments that require students to think critically. The video, Getting Students to Think...

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07/10/2014
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Using Literature Circles for Reading Comprehension

Literature circles help students engage in deep discussions about reading assignments in the classroom. The video, Getting Students to Think for Themselves, describes this and other strategies used...

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07/10/2014
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One High School's Reading List

The development of literacy skills is supported by this challenging and comprehensive literature list. The emphasis on strong literacy skills for promoting student success is explained further in...

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07/10/2014
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Getting Students to Think for Themselves

Getting Students to Think for Themselves

An English teacher illustrates the ways that his high school incorporates rigor into its curriculum. The sample materials, One High School's Reading List and Using Literature Circles for Reading...

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07/10/2014
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Algebra Investigation

This assignment asks students to utilize their own problem solving and logic skills to determine the Pythagorean Theorem using paper cutouts. The video, Preparing Students for Rigorous Work,...

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07/10/2014
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Middle School Tracking Template

This template helps middle school students develop the skills they need to succeed in a rigorous high school curriculum. Watch the video, Preparing Students for Rigorous Work, which explains...

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07/10/2014
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Preparing Students for Rigorous Work

Preparing Students for Rigorous Work

A middle school math teacher describes the strategies her school uses to prepare students for a rigorous high school program. She describes the mathematics assignment in the sample material,...

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07/10/2014
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Individualized Learning Plan

This document lists academic requirements for students in each grade and provides a template to create an appropriate four-year course trajectory. In the interview, Assigning Students to the Right...

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07/10/2014
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Tenth-Grade Course Offerings

This document lists courses offered to students at Crossland High School, including classes offered in the core curriculum and in the technical academies. The interview, Assigning Students to the...

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07/10/2014
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Assigning Students to the Right Classes

Assigning Students to the Right Classes

A counseling department chair talks about her high school's process for scheduling students in academic classes that will prepare them for college. Counselors use such tools like the sample...

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07/10/2014
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The Senior Year: Smoothing the Transition to College

This document summarizes the changes one high school made to their senior year program to better prepare graduates for college success. Watch Senior Year Redesign to learn more about the school's...

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07/10/2014
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