« Assessment Consortia Plans: A Power Point Version | Main | How Are 12th Graders Doing on NAEP? The Results Are Out »

How to Define College Readiness? Good Question

Lest you harbor any doubt that there is no clear consensus on what constitutes college readiness, allow me to share with you this story from the Chicago Tribune.

What happened here? The Tribune analyzed how ACT's "college readiness benchmarks" lined up with schools' own ideas of their students' preparedness. At some of Illinois' most well-regarded high schools, as it turns out, rather substantial portions of students are falling short of the ACT's benchmarks, which are supposed to indicate how ready they are to succeed in entry-level credit-bearing college coursework.

Predictably, this sort of thing can prompt some squirming and defensiveness in high schools that are used to elite distinctions. But it takes us back to that persistent question: Exactly how do you define college readiness?

The ACT's research led it to conclude that students who reach a certain score in given subjects stand a much better chance of succeeding in college coursework than those who don't produce those scores. High schools can point out, as some in the Tribune story did, that their kids go off to college in droves and are very successful. But how many schools really track their students into college well enough to make that claim with credibility?

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments