Serving statewide coordinating and governing boards in developing and sustaining excellent systems of higher education.
Meeting Postsecondary Responsibilities
for Improved High Schools

The 2005 National Education Summit on High Schools, sponsored by Achieve and the National Governors Association (NGA), established a five point Action Agenda for Improving America’s High Schools:

• restore value to the high school diploma;
• redesign high schools;
• give high school students the excellent teachers and principals they need;
• set goals, measure progress, and hold high schools and    colleges accountable; and
• streamline and improve educational governance.
The Gates Foundation has funded a proposal from SHEEO to work with educational policy colleagues to help higher education leaders in selected states involved in the NGA Honor States Program and/or Achieve's American Diploma Project (ADP) to build stronger P-16 systems, with a particular emphasis on strengthening high schools. With Gates support, SHEEO will address the action agenda through four basic activities:
  1. Update and publish a second edition of the 2003 SHEEO volume Student Success: Statewide P-16 Systems;
  2. Organize and convene a conference for SHEEOs and other state postsecondary education leaders;
  3. Organize and convene two to four working meetings with broad participation across the K-20 continuum, using
    an approach involving state teams; and
  4. Offer limited technical assistance, perhaps on a competitive basis, to interested states.
Over two years, we will work for visible progress in the participating states on the following fronts:

• policy changes in participating states;
• greater, more visible engagement of higher education leaders in high school reform; and
• improved relationships between the higher education and K-12 communities.

In collaboration with our colleagues in the field, as well as our partner organizations, we will monitor and publicize achievements in the states, and use this evidence to encourage further progress.