Tagged with college readiness

New College-Readiness Tracking System Under Study

A new way to track high school students’ readiness for college and trigger earlier intervention is being studied at Stanford University. The College Readiness Indicator System initiative was developed at the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford and is being tested at schools in Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Calif., and New York City. A paper by Oded … Continue reading

‘Soft Skills’ Pushed as Part of College Readiness

To make it in college, students need to be up for the academic rigor. But that’s not all. They also must be able to manage their own time, get along with roommates, and deal with setbacks. Resiliency and grit, along with the ability to communicate and advocate, are all crucial life skills. Yet, experts say, … Continue reading

ACT Finds Most Students Still Not Ready for College

Student performance on the ACT essentially held steady this year, with slight improvement shown in the math and science parts of the college-entrance exam. Still, 60 percent of the class of 2012 that took the test failed to meet benchmarks in two of the four subjects tested, putting them in jeopardy of failing in their … Continue reading

Learning Matters: Rethinking Basic Skills In Community Colleges

According to Stan Jones of Complete College America, U.S. taxpayers are spending close to $3 billion per year on supporting remedial classes at the community college level. Remedial courses — designed to help students catch up, and often taken on a non-credit basis — often aren’t successful at preparing students for their primary, credit-earning coursework. … Continue reading

The Crucial Need to Hold Students to a Higher Standard

Over the last few months, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors have walked across a stage and received a diploma, an important moment that should be applauded. Unfortunately, for many of those students, that diploma represents a false promise. Recent data from the ACT, Inc. shows that only 25 percent of high school students … Continue reading

College and Career Readiness? Do We Need to Clear the Path?

In recent months tremendous amounts of discourse have surrounded the topic of college and career readiness for students graduating from secondary schools around the United States and the world. A recent eSchool News report noted that the Metlife report, titled The Metlife Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers shows a … Continue reading