Preparing students for college means giving them more than a grounding in academics. Time-management skills, an ability to persevere to solve problems, and a sense of personal responsibility are also skills that schools can instill to help students navigate the challenges of higher education.
While overall scores rose, only 48 percent of California students did well enough on the SAT to be considered fully college ready. Ethnic disparities remain as well.
But social and emotional support can help more students succeed in college.
Dozens of districts are offering the tests at their own expense already, because scores on SAT and ACT, not Smarter Balanced, are what matters to high school juniors.
California's likely next governor has yet to spell out how much implementing his strategy will cost.
Smoothing pathway to, and through, college would help California be more competitive.
Getting Down to Facts II finds strong support for education reforms but also obstacles to student achievement and a need for more funding.
The State Board of Education has no answer to a basic question: Should the state measure readiness for 'college and careers' or 'college or careers'?
Superintendents say free college readiness testing for all would raise SAT/ACT scores and boost college admissions. Opponents say AB 1951 would undermine the usefulness of high school testing.
Students do better in for-credit classes with extra support than when they are pushed into no-credit remedial algebra, studies show.
Students aiming for the Ivy League, Stanford, UC Berkeley or other top private and public universities learn about how to get there.
Requiring graduates meet California State University requirements may deny diplomas to otherwise prepared students.
Too many students think 'STEM is only for the smartest of the smart,' while millions of jobs go unfilled.
While most states have some system that links their high school and college data to track what happens to students once they exit high school, California does not.
Recent reforms are translating into improved performance, says former state schools chief.
The report by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics report calls for an end to tracking, and more practical course offerings.