Improving High School–College Alignment: A Sociological Reform and New Challenges

Jiffy Lansing, Caitlin Ahearn, James E. Rosenbaum*, Christine Mokher, Lou Jacobson

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper analyzes teacher responses to a distinctive reform that sought to ­implement alignment between high schools and colleges. A survey of 225 teachers is used to examine teachers’ perceptions of the reform’s effectiveness, further resources needed, and how perceptions changed over time. The reform was perceived as effective for college-bound students, but not for non-college-bound students, magnifying the discrepant needs of these groups. Steps to improve the program are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-280
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Forum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017


  • alignment reform
  • college preparation
  • college readiness
  • high school–college alignment
  • implementation
  • testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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