ERIC Number: ED310719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching the Goal of Readiness for College.
Godwin, Winfred L.
New educational standards and programs designed by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are expected to help achieve national, and increasingly international, standards in education with the goal of readiness for college. Improving college readiness, or reducing the percentage of entering college students who need remedial work, is a major concern of educators and governmental leaders. Several issues related to preparing students for college and important questions for monitoring progress toward the goal are presented. Estimates of the number of entering college students who need remedial coursework and information on special high school diplomas for college-bound students and high school academic courses required for admission to public colleges and universities in the SREB states are noted. Few states currently have in place state-level information systems that can provide answers to some of the critical questions about students' progress through elementary and secondary school and college. The 20 important questions about getting students ready for college are examined (e.g. percent of students enrolled in college preparatory programs in the high schools, process for periodically assessing the quality of courses offered in the high schools, and how well the students are doing on nationally normed tests of achievement). College preparatory curricula are defined, and suggestions are made for improving the quality of college preparation and monitoring the progress toward the goal. Tables are included. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Academic Standards, Access to Education, College Bound Students, College Preparation, Educational Quality, High School Graduates, Higher Education, Remedial Instruction
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.