K-12 Postsecondary Alignment

Student Success

Strong Alignment of K-12 and College Curriculum is Critical to Student Success

The state universities of Michigan strongly endorse the Michigan Academic Standards, which include the alignment of rigorous standards in mathematics and English language arts for grades K-12. The public universities supported the Michigan Department of Education’s refinement of science standards, and will do so for social studies standards as well. Students’ academic preparedness for the rigors of college-level work is fundamental to their success in higher education. A strong high school curriculum aligned with college standards is integral to student success and should be available to all students. 


Policy Actions:

  • Promote state-led collaboration among all stakeholders along Michigan’s elementary, secondary and postsecondary education continuum to ensure that academically rigorous standards are available to guide instruction for all K-12 students.
  • Continue state-led reform in developing a comprehensive and high quality system for assessing student learning.