The National Commission on the High School Senior Year says all students should leave high school prepared for postsecondary study. To accomplish that, the panel recommends:
Creating a seamless P-16 system, from preschool to postsecondary education, in which standards, curriculum, and assessment efforts are aligned and integrated. The report urges the creation of state P-16 councils to increase student access to, and success in, college by creating systematic linkages between the different levels of education and aligning standards.
Requiring schools to give all students college- preparatory courses as a default, establishing a rigorous curriculum, ensuring that elementary and middle schools prepare students for demanding work, and improving teacher-training institutions to prepare graduates to teach all children to meet higher standards.
Allowing students to finish school at their own pace, moving on as they complete required standards, including a portfolio of work and a capstone senior project. That would help solve the problem of duplication that leads high schools to offer college-level Advanced Placement courses while colleges offer basic remedial courses.
SOURCE: National Commission on the High School Senior Year, 2001