With taxpayers shelling out more than $120 billion in federal funds each year on student financial aid, Americans deserve to know how well colleges and universities prepare students for the future. The need for greater accountability in higher education is understandably a key topic in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

But the debate shouldn’t stop there. Congress is rightly focused on why student outcomes are important. But it has all but ignored how outcomes can be used to help students choose the right pathway after high school, prepare students for the complexities of college admissions and the rigors of college, and break down the silos of K-12 and postsecondary education so that students experience a seamless and supportive transition from high school to post-secondary education and beyond.

Our state and district education leaders at Chiefs for Change believe their responsibility doesn’t end when students graduate from high school. They are increasingly focused on how their graduates fare in college and beyond. In addition to new accountability measures that provide a clearer picture of how well colleges and universities educate their students, Congress should use the HEA reauthorization to invest in efforts that help students understand their best post-secondary options, strengthen college counseling, and increase students’ opportunities to take college courses in high school.

We need to find ways to make the best, clearest, and most useful information available to high school students and those helping them explore their post-secondary options.

Mike Magee is CEO of Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of state and district education leaders from across the United States.