ERIC Number: ED504652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 13
ACT's College Readiness System: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World
The United States faces the challenge of adapting to the demands of a globalized economy. Jobs have become more specialized and more driven by technology, requiring higher levels of education and training than did many of the jobs available to high school graduates of the past. Students must graduate from high school ready for the demands of postsecondary education. Rigorous academic preparation during the P-12 years is essential to student college readiness. Based on decades of research into student academic achievement and educational success, ACT offers six action steps to maximize students' chances of graduating from high school ready for the challenges of the future: (1) States should adopt fewer (but essential) college- and career-readiness standards as their new high school graduation standards; (2) States should adopt a rigorous core curriculum for all high school graduates, whether they are bound for college or work; (3) States must define performance targets for college and career readiness; (4) States should strengthen the rigor of their courses; (5) States should begin monitoring early to make sure younger students are on target to be ready for college and career; and (6) States need to establish longitudinal P-16 data systems. The report presents the ACT "College Readiness System," a research-based solution of standards and benchmarks that define college readiness empirically, based on what postsecondary educators indicate is important for students to know and on actual student success in college, but which represents a single academic expectation for all students, regardless of whether they go on to college or workforce training after high school. The system is intended to help states implement the policy actions necessary to help prepare every student for college and work.
Descriptors: High Schools, Core Curriculum, Academic Achievement, High School Graduates, School Readiness, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Higher Education
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Tel: 319-337-1270; Web site: http://www.act.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: United States