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Title: College Readiness and the ReadiStep Assessment


1
College Readiness and the ReadiStep Assessment
  • Angela Jeffrey
  • Director of Secondary Education
  • Pender County Schools

2
Why take the ReadiStep?
  • Required for all 8th graders.
  • Purpose
  • Provides formative assessment, feedback
    regarding the students progress toward college
    readiness.

3
Why 8th Grade?
  • Provides feedback while there is still time to
    make necessary instructional adjustments.
  • Time to target academic areas that need
    attention.
  • Students who are not on target by the end of 8th
    grade often do not achieve college readiness.

4
Why ReadiStep?
  • ReadiStep is designed by College Board, the same
    company that creates the PSAT and the SAT.
  • ReadiStep is a predictor of a students PSAT
    and/or SAT score.
  • Pender County Schools students will take the PSAT
    in 9th and 11th grades and likely the SAT in 11th
    or 12th grade.

5
What is College Readiness?
  • Historical, descriptive research helps us
    understand what scores are needed to be college
    ready.
  • College readiness is defined as the level of
    preparation a student needs to enroll and
    succeedwithout remediationin a credit-bearing
    general education course at a postsecondary
    institution.
  • One in three U.S. college students are required
    to take one or more remedial classes because
    entry scores did not meet the college readiness
    standard.

6
College Readiness
  • College Board and ACT have developed college
    readiness standards, and they are measured on the
    SAT and ACT.
  • ReadiStep is the College Boards 8th grade
    assessment and Explore is the ACTs 8th grade
    assessment.

7
Critical Success Factors
  • Achievement of academic content knowledge,
    evidenced by completion of a rigorous high school
    core curriculum aligned to college readiness
    standards.
  • Attainment of advanced academic skills, developed
    through an instructional focus on critical
    thinking, reasoning, problem solving, writing,
    and strong study skills.

8
Critical Success Factors
  • Successful completion of college-level and other
    advanced courses taken in high school.
  • Acquisition of college planning skills,
    demonstrated by an understanding of college and
    career options and the college admission and
    financing process.

9
Topsail Middle School Results
  • Critical Reading Section
  • Score range of 2.0 8.0
  • Target score for college readiness is 5.0
  • TMS Mean Score of 5.1 (National Percentile 46)

10
Topsail Middle School Results
  • Writing Section
  • Score range of 2.0 8.0
  • Target score for college readiness is 5.0
  • TMS Mean score of 5.4 (National Percentile62)

11
Topsail Middle School Results
  • Math Section
  • Score range of 2.0 8.0
  • Target score for college readiness is 5.0
  • TMS Mean score of 5.5 (National Percentile63)

12
College Readiness Benchmarks for PSAT
CR Math Writing PSAT/NMSQT Composite
11th Grade PSAT/NMSQT 50 50 49 152
10th Grade PSAT/NMSQT 49 47 48 145
13
District Assessments for College ReadinessWhat
next?
  • 8th Grade Explore (ACT)
  • 9th Grade PSAT (College Board)
  • 10th Grade PLAN (ACT) and SAT Prep course
    (NCVPS)
  • 11th Grade PSAT (College Board) in the Fall and
    SAT (College Board) and ACT in the Spring

14
What Should You Do? College Readiness
  • Take rigorous courses
  • Honors Level Courses
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Career and College Promise (CFCC Classes)
  • Read and write, read and write, read and write.
    Read, read, read. Write, write, write.

15
Start Thinking About College
  • Start making a potential college list by the end
    of 8th grade
  • Talk about college and career interests
  • Begin to make college visits early
  • Identify what is important in a college choice
    and seek best fit rather than best bumper sticker

16
NC Career and College Promise
  • Four College Transfer Programs (CFCC)
  • Business Economics
  • Engineering and Mathematics
  • Humanities Social Science
  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Be a high school junior or senior
  • Demonstrate College Readiness
  • Weighted GPA of 3.0
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA on college coursework
  • Courses offered on North Campus

17
NC Career and College Promise
  • Seven CTE Programs
  • Business Administration
  • Collision Repair Refinishing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Welding
  • Be a high school junior or senior
  • Be enrolled in a High School Career Cluster that
    is approved to align with the certificate area
  • Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses
    or your principals approval
  • Meet any Accuplacer requirements
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in your college courses (after
    taking at least two courses).
  • All courses offered on North campus except
    Collision Repair which will remain at PCS Bus
    Garage

18
NC Career and College Promise
  • Costs
  • Tuition is waived for students
  • Students are responsible for fees (course,
    technology, activity, and parking/security fees)
  • Students are responsible for textbooks
  • Challenges
  • Transportation to and from the North Campus
  • School calendar/Student scheduling

19
Resources
  • www.readistep.com
  • www.collegeboard.com
  • www.act.org
  • www.cfnc.org
  • http//www.careercollegenc.org/
  • http//cfcc.edu/gateway/
  • http//www.dpi.state.nc.us/ccpromise/
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