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In 2006, Massachusetts was one of ten states to receive a National Governors Association grant. The $2 million, two-year grant aimed to increase high school graduation and college and career readiness rates. Massachusetts’ grant included three key goals:
- strengthen the value of the high school diploma for all students;
- close the achievement gap; and
- use data to hold ourselves accountable.
Several initiatives to address these goals are currently underway by the Board of Higher Education and Department of Education, including:
- aligning high school standards with college expectations;
- creating a recommended core curriculum for all high school students.
- developing an optional Algebra II assessment;
- restoring the state’s dual enrollment program, with a focus on math and science;
- creating a career and education planning communications strategy to assist students in education and career planning; and
- building a data management infrastructure (School-to-College Database) to link PreK-12 data with higher education data to better track student performance.