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1Sophomores: Ready or Not: College Readiness for All Sophomores: Ready or Not: College Readiness for All? The Critical Importance of the Sophomore YearSophomore Open HousePoint Pleasant Jr Sr High17 & 18 August 2009
2Losing the Leading Edge US was leader in high school graduation rates – 40 years agoNow it ranks 18th out of 24 industrialized countriesUS was tied for first in the proportion of young adults with a college degree in 1995Now it ranks 14th and is below the average of industrialized countries
3Losing the Leading Edge PISA – 2006US Performance Relative to 30 Industrialized CountriesSubject RankMathematicsScienceReadingProblem Solving
4Ready or Not: College Readiness for All? How we define itWhat we know about it
5College Readiness: Definition Based on actual success students experience in credit-bearing college entry-level coursesACT Benchmarks: median ACT score needed for 50% chance of college course grade B or 75% chance of C or betterACT Benchmarks are directly tied to ACT College Readiness Standards
6Does College Ready Equal Work Ready? 2006 ACT Study Provides Empirical Evidence (research data) of Comparability:Level of expectations needed for entry-level college courses is comparable to expectations needed to enter workforce training programs for jobs that:Offer salaries above poverty lineCan sustain family of fourHave prospects for career advancement
7Ready or Not: College Readiness for All? How we define itWhat we know about it
8College Readiness: What We Know Right number of core coursesRight kinds of core coursesRigorous courses focused on college readiness outcomesProgress monitoring and timely interventions
9College Readiness: What We Know Percentage of 2008 ACT-Tested High School Graduates Taking CoreNearly 40% of our nation’s high school graduates are not taking a core curriculum.
10College Readiness: What We Know Impact of Core on College ReadinessStudents who take a core curriculum are significantly more likely to be college and career ready.
11The Core: An Unfulfilled Promise Students who take more than core meet ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks in greater percentages than students who take only core.This chart shows the benefit additional math courses have on benchmark attainment. Similar results are seen in the other core subjects. In English, the percent of students who meet the benchmark after the core 4 years of English is 67%, but the percentage for those who take 4.5 years is 77%. In Science, 26% of the students who take the core 3 years meet the benchmark, while 38% of the students who take 4 years do. And in Social Studies, the 3 year core yields 50% benchmark attainment, with each additional half-year moving the percentage to 53%, 55%, and 60%.Mathematics
12Sophomores: Ready or Not: Post Secondary TrainingOn the Job1 month to 10 month certificate programsApprenticeships – 1 yr to 5 yrAssociates Degree Programs (3 to 5 semesters)Bachelors Degree Programs (8 to 10 semesters)
13Sophomores: Ready or Not: Entrance RequirementsPost Secondary TrainingSkilled Pathway DiplomaOn the Job Training1 month to 10 month certificate programsApprenticeshipsAssociates Degree Programs (Community and Technical Colleges, Institutes)
14Sophomores: Ready or Not: Entrance RequirementsPost Secondary TrainingProfessional Pathway DiplomaOn the Job Training1 month to 10 month certificate programsApprenticeshipsAssociates Degree ProgramsBachelors Degree Programs (4yr colleges and universities)
15Sophomores: Ready or Not: What to choose?Professional PathwaySkilled PathwayWhat’s the difference?
16Sophomores: Ready or Not: Graduation RequirementsCORE4 Language Arts (English)4 Social Studies (History)4 Mathematics3 SciencesPlus: PE, Health, Comp App, Fine Art
17Sophomores: Ready or Not: Graduation RequirementsCareer ConcentrationSkilled Pathway* 4 Specified CTE Courses in career concentration ** Science courses may be conceptual technical sciencesProfessional Pathway* 2 years of the same Foreign Language* 4th Lab Science* A higher level course in Career Concentration
18Sophomores: Ready or Not: Entrance RequirementsAssociates Degree ProgramsHS Diploma – Skilled or Professional PathwayACT score not required*, but will administer an ACT or ACT like test at their school. Like to see at least a 15 or 16 composite score.2.0 GPA minimum preferred.*for most programsBachelors Degree ProgramsHS Diploma – Professional PathwayACT score of at least 18 or 19 composite. Some Programs require at least a 24 to 27 minimum composite .2.5 GPA minimum preferred.
19Sophomores: Ready or Not: PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP as of todayHS Diploma – Professional PathwayACT Score of at least 22 composite. Subtests (English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning) scores are to be at least 20or……..A combined SAT score of 1020 with at least a minimum sub-score of 490 in the critical reading section and 480 in the math section3.0 Core GPA3.0 GPA overall
20Sophomores: Ready or Not: Assessment Opportunities – THIS year!ACT PLAN – the pre-ACT in October (no cost)PSAT – the pre-SAT in October (about $13) Sophomores must sign up for this testASVAB – provides academic and career insights different from ACT PLAN in October (no cost) Sophomores must sign up for this testWESTEST – writing assessment in winter and academic testing in May (no cost)
21Sophomores: Ready or Not: Planning Opportunities – THIS year!As a result of participating in these assessments, your child willbe provided the interpretation of the results for each assessment.Beginning in January, in accordance to POLICY 2510, you, yourstudent and their advisor or school counselor will review theirACT PLAN results and use the information to declare theirCareer Major and Pathway. Then an Individualized StudentTransition Plan (ISTP) will be developed to map out theirJunior and Senior Years of their high school career that bestsupports their post secondary training goals.
22Sophomores: Ready or Not: The Sophomore Year is of critical importance Sophomore Open HouseACT information was provided byCyndi B. SchmeiserPresident and Chief Operating Officer, Education Division