With the implementation of this statewide project, South Carolina has taken a leading national role by addressing the critical issue of improving K-16 alignment. An aligned K-16 system is one with clear, sequential expectations for students at each level. Holding all students to these expectations enables them to continue to learn throughout their lives by preparing them for success in postsecondary education, the workplace, and society.
In an effort to improve alignment between high school courses and entry-level college courses, teachers and administrators across South Carolina work together to ensure a seamless transition for students. The goals of the project are to:
Improve high school graduation rates, reduces the need for remedial instruction in college, and improves college retention and graduation rates;
Uses a state-wide framework that supports local solutions;
Strengthen faculty resources by creating regional networks of professional educators who can share ideas, collaborate, and modify their current policies and practices as they learn how to prepare all students for postsecondary success; and
Create clear pathways between high school and college coursework to reduce curriculum redundancy between high school and college.
Participants use each other as content resources in their regional consultant groups and teach paired courses together. These courses are intentionally designed as a sequential curriculum between the senior year of high school and the freshman year of college.