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ERIC Number: ED504466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-24
Pages: 58
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
The Illinois College and Career Readiness Act: Year-One Evaluation Results
Baber, Lorenzo DuBois; Barrientos, Jessica I.; Bragg, Debra D.; Castro, Erin; Khan, Sadya
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Rising remediation rates among college students are leading to increased time for completion of degree, additional costs for students and colleges, and financial aid being used on courses that do not count towards a degree. In response to these issues, in 2007 the state of Illinois passed the College and Career Readiness Act, Public Act 095-0694, to fund pilot projects consisting of a community college and partner high schools to support the alignment of K-12 curriculum with college level course work, as well as better prepare students to be successful in transitioning from high school to college. The College and Career Readiness (CCR) Act has five main purposes: (1) align ACT scores to community college courses to diagnose college readiness; (2) reduce remediation through college preparatory courses, college readiness skills, and successful transitions; (3) align high school and college curricula; (4) provide resources and academic support to students; and (5) develop an evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of readiness programs. Underlying the CCR Act is the assumption that high schools and colleges are responsible for ensuring that high school students are prepared to enter college ready to learn at the college level and that they are aware of the college standards that await them. This report summarizes results presented in year one of the Evaluation of the Illinois College and Career Readiness Act Pilot Projects. It examines curriculum alignment and the college readiness of students participating in pilot sites selected to participate in the CCR Act. The evaluation used a mixed-method approach to assess implementation of four pilot sites involving five community colleges and multiple high schools. Results were intended to inform the Illinois legislature, administrative agencies, and community colleges and high schools across the state, including the schools and colleges engaged in the CCR pilot project, about programs and practices designed to improve students' college and career readiness. The College and Career Readiness Act; and the College and Career Readiness Survey are appended. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois University, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment