Use assessment measures to inform students about their college readiness and close identified gaps.

Many students graduate from high school unprepared for two- and four-year colleges or specialized training programs, as evidenced by the large number of students who are required to take remedial courses as a condition of enrollment. To ensure students' readiness for the rigors of postsecondary education, schools must assess all students and, as early as possible, assist those who are not adequately prepared.

Reviewing a variety of existing assessments and information sources from as early as upper elementary school can help high schools build a clearer picture of which students are on track for college. Useful information can include GPAs, course completion, standardized assessments, and local college placement exam results. Schools can then work with students who are not on track and provide supports to help them succeed in their coursework.

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School Planner: Identifying College-Readiness Interventions

This planner can help administrators, principals, and teachers take stock of existing interventions that help students who are not on track for college and create additional interventions to...

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Learning Together: Assessment and Intervention

This tool is designed for teachers, administrators, and counselors to learn together about the research-based recommendation to assess students for college readiness and get all students on track...

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Identifying College-Readiness Assessments

School leaders and teachers can use this self-assessment to reflect upon existing assessments that measure college readiness and to create additional assessments that address areas of college...

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Scholar's Journey Discussion With PLAN Test Results

During the spring of their sophomore year, students are given this personalized worksheet which captures their results of the PLAN test, the precursor to the ACT. Hear the principal at Chattanooga...

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07/10/2014
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The Right Fit for Ninth Graders

The Right Fit for Ninth Graders

Hear a high school dean of instruction explain how administrators use middle school data to determine course placements for incoming freshmen. They try to gain a complete picture of each ninth...

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07/10/2014
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Linking High School and College Assessments

Linking High School and College Assessments

Hear how a state ties its eleventh-grade standardized test to its college system's expectations for incoming freshmen. Students who perform at college level are exempt from placement testing in the...

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07/10/2014
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Assessment Feedback for Students

Kearny staff use these three documents to give students feedback on their performance. Listen to the Kearny principal and a literacy coach describe how they use assessments in A Personalized...

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07/10/2014
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A Personalized Learning Experience

A Personalized Learning Experience

A high school principal and literacy coach describe the multiple forms of assessment they use to build a profile of college readiness. They also describe the ways they provide support for students...

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07/10/2014
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Gateway Rubric and Summary Sheets

Students at the Dayton Early College Academy matriculate through high school by completing a series of six gateways. Staff use these documents to track and evaluate students' progress on meeting...

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07/10/2014
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Gateways for College Readiness

Gateways for College Readiness

Hear a principal and teacher describe the gateway process students must complete in order to graduate high school. Data from student assessment results are also analyzed at an indicator level to...

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Assessing College Readiness

Assessing College Readiness

Watch this interview with Dr. David Conley to learn more about building a student profile of college readiness.

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Using Assessments and Interventions to Prepare Students for College

Using Assessments and Interventions to Prepare Students for College

This multimedia overview outlines how schools can identify college-readiness measures, inform families about students' progress, and assist students in getting on track for college.

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