down Go Back to Our Ideas Report/Research Creating Strong Transitions From High School Through College: A Progress Report on Redesigning Senior Year Full Reportright At a Glance How can educators prepare more high school seniors to enter college and thrive during the first critical year? We highlight three success stories from JFF’s work guiding school district community college partnerships. Published may. 30, 2018 Contributors Joel Vargas Vice President, Education Krista Sabados Senior Program Manager Area of Work Ensuring Equity in Advancement Topics Dual Enrollment/Early College Equity Student Supports Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Too many young people who start college falter and never finish. This happens frequently in their first year. It is common among students who attend broad-access public institutions, typically two- and four-year colleges in their regions. This large group includes many students from low-income backgrounds, who often are the first person in their families to pursue higher education, and many who are required to take remedial courses before entering credit-bearing, college-level courses. The fault lies not with students but with the failure of our K-12 and postsecondary systems of education to build better bridges between the two sectors. At high school graduation, students exit a compulsory secondary education where completion is a primary aim. They are left on their own to choose whether to continue in a voluntary postsecondary system, where student success based on one’s ability to “sink or swim” has traditionally been viewed as normal. State K-12 curriculum, standards, and accountability rules have been increasingly designed to better prepare high school graduates for college and career readiness, and more colleges are trying strategies to support incoming student success. But the structure of our education systems still presumes that the job of high schools ends upon the completion of 12th grade and that the job of colleges starts when students enroll. See More Reports in This Series Report/Research Rethinking 12th Grade: Preparing All Students for College Before College This brief discusses the issues and solutions around ensuring all 12th graders are college and career ready, as well as state and federal policy recommendations and additional resources. Report/Research Why 12th Grade Must Be Redesigned Now—And How How can we prepare many more young people, especially those from underserved communities, to succeed in college and careers? This first paper in a series explores why 12th grade should tie more closely to the first year of college. Report/Research Beyond Academic Readiness: Building a Broader Range of Skills for Success in College Continuing the series on rethinking the 12th grade, this paper explores non-academic skills that demonstrate college readiness, including time management, goal setting, and self-regulation. Report/Research How High Schools and Colleges Can Team Up to Use Data and Increase Student Success Ready or Not: It's Time to Rethink the 12th Grade High schools and colleges could help many more young people succeed if they collaborated to use the vast amount of data about our nation’s students to inform interventions and supports. Report/Research Building Student Momentum from High School into College Elisabeth Barnett of the Community College Research Center proposes research-based markers and milestones of student momentum from 12th grade through the first year of college. Report/Research Co-Design, Co-Delivery, and Co-Validation This paper, part of a series on rethinking 12th grade, explores how collaboration between high school and colleges is key to ensuring postsecondary success for students.