What is College and Career Readiness? Ensuring that all students, graduating from high school, have acquired the skills in English, mathematics, reading, and science that they need to be ready for entry-level college courses without remediation
Planning for School Improvement Improving Course Rigor Measuring Student Progress Toward College and Career Readiness Research EXPLORE 8 th & 9 th grade curriculum- based educational and career planning program PLAN 10 th grade curriculum- based educational and career planning program The ACT 11 th & 12 th grade curriculum- based measureme nt for learning outcomes ENGAGE Middle and High School assessment that measures factors of academic success QualityCore Research- driven solutions for strengthening curriculum & instruction CoreWork Diagnostics Online service to diagnose and improve content and practice areas ACT College Readiness Standards ACT College Readiness Benchmarks ACT Core Course Standards WorkKeys Job skill assessments and portable credentials necessary for career pathways College & Career Readiness Information System Core Practice Audit Online service to diagnose and improve content and practice areas
Through collaborative research with postsecondary institutions nationwide, ACT has established the following college readiness benchmarks*: * Minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding first-year credit-bearing college course. TestCollege CourseACT English English Composition 18 Math College Algebra 22 Reading Social Science 21 Science Biology 24 TestCollege Course EXPLORE 8EXPLORE 9PLAN 10ACTCOMPASS English English Composition Math College Algebra Reading Social Science Science Biology NA
Students who are college/career ready when they leave high school have a significantly higher likelihood of: –Enrolling in a postsecondary program, –Enrolling in credit bearing courses without the need for remediation, –Succeeding in entry level postsecondary course work, –Persisting in their postsecondary education, –Completing a postsecondary degree or training program, and –Entering the job market with significantly higher lifetime earning potential. Regardless of ethnicity and SES Value of College Readiness
Pop Quiz What’s the number of American high school students who drop out of school, every day, bored, frustrated, or so far behind that they’ve given up? 6,000
Two-year schools % Four-year private colleges -- 73% Four-year public -- 71% * *Wes Habley, ACT, January 2009 By 2020: Cost of the average private--$60-70,000 per year Cost of the average public--$17,500-27,500 per year In 2008: Out of approx. 1.8 million first year college students, 450,000 did not return to the college or university where they began their college career.* That’s 25%. *Bryan Matthews, Retention Matters, Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2009 Attrition Costs Money
If you have an incoming class of 1000, and lose even 10% of the class (100 students), that’s 100 x $30,000 = $3 million $3 million x 4 years = $12 million Retaining students allows you to maintain revenue streams while keeping tuition increases down. It’s the low hanging fruit. Do the Math!
evaluate students’ personal, behavioral, and academic skills critical to high school and college achievement determine their levels of academic risk apply specific interventions to help them persist in their studies and achieve academic success identify student strengths and areas for improvement in student motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation predict college retention for each incoming freshman What if you had an assessment that would:
Research is the Foundation 1.The strongest predictors of college persistence and degree completion are: prior academic achievement and course selection (rigorous high school classes). 2.Prior academic achievement and cognitive ability surpass all other factors in their influence on student performance. 3.Non-academic factors can influence academic performance, retention and persistence, but cannot substitute for it.