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Sophomores ready or not college readiness for all the critical importance of the sophomore year

Sophomores: Ready or Not: College Readiness for All?The Critical Importance of the Sophomore Year

Sophomore Open House

Point Pleasant Jr Sr High

17 & 18 August 2009


Losing the leading edge
Losing the Leading Edge

  • US was leader in high school graduation rates – 40 years ago

  • Now it ranks 18th out of 24 industrialized countries

  • US was tied for first in the proportion of young adults with a college degree in 1995

  • Now it ranks 14th and is below the average of industrialized countries


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Losing the Leading Edge

  • PISA – 2006

  • US Performance Relative to 30 Industrialized Countries

  • SubjectRank

    • Mathematics 25

    • Science 21

    • Reading 15

    • Problem Solving 24

http://www.pisa.oecd.org/


College readiness definition
College Readiness: Definition

  • Based on actual success students experience in credit-bearing college entry-level courses

  • ACT Benchmarks: median ACT score needed for 50% chance of college course grade B or 75% chance of C or better

  • ACT Benchmarks are directly tied to ACT College Readiness Standards


Does college ready equal work ready
Does College Ready Equal Work Ready?

  • 2006 ACT Study Provides Empirical Evidence (research data) of Comparability:

    • Level of expectations needed for entry-level college courses is comparable to expectations needed to enter workforce training programs for jobs that:

      • Offer salaries above poverty line

      • Can sustain family of four

      • Have prospects for career advancement


College readiness what we know
College Readiness: What We Know

  • Right number of core courses

  • Right kinds of core courses

  • Rigorous courses focused on college readiness outcomes

  • Progress monitoring and timely interventions


College readiness what we know1

Percentage of 2008 ACT-Tested High School Graduates Taking Core

College Readiness: What We Know

Nearly 40% of our nation’s high school graduates are not taking a core curriculum.


College readiness what we know2
College Readiness: What We Know Core

  • Impact of Core on College Readiness

Students who take a core curriculum are significantly more likely to be college and career ready.


The core an unfulfilled promise
The Core: An Unfulfilled Promise Core

  • Students who take more than core meet ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks in greater percentages than students who take only core.

Mathematics


Sophomores ready or not
Sophomores: Core Ready or Not:

  • Post Secondary Training

  • On the Job

  • 1 month to 10 month certificate programs

  • Apprenticeships – 1 yr to 5 yr

  • Associates Degree Programs (3 to 5 semesters)

  • Bachelors Degree Programs (8 to 10 semesters)


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Sophomores: Core Ready or Not:

  • Entrance Requirements

  • Post Secondary Training

  • Skilled Pathway Diploma

  • On the Job Training

  • 1 month to 10 month certificate programs

  • Apprenticeships

  • Associates Degree Programs (Community and Technical Colleges, Institutes)


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Sophomores: Core Ready or Not:

  • Entrance Requirements

  • Post Secondary Training

  • Professional Pathway Diploma

  • On the Job Training

  • 1 month to 10 month certificate programs

  • Apprenticeships

  • Associates Degree Programs

  • Bachelors Degree Programs (4yr colleges and universities)


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Sophomores: Core Ready or Not:

  • What to choose?

  • Professional Pathway

  • Skilled Pathway

What’s the difference?


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Sophomores: Core Ready or Not:

Graduation Requirements

CORE

4 Language Arts (English)

4 Social Studies (History)

4 Mathematics

3 Sciences

Plus: PE, Health, Comp App, Fine Art


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Sophomores: Core Ready or Not:

Graduation Requirements

Career Concentration

Professional Pathway

* 2 years of the same Foreign Language

* 4th Lab Science

* A higher level course in Career Concentration

Skilled Pathway

* 4 Specified CTE Courses in career concentration ** Science courses may be conceptual technical sciences


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Sophomores: Ready or Not: Core

Entrance Requirements

Associates Degree Programs

HS Diploma – Skilled or Professional Pathway

ACT score not required*, but will administer an ACT or ACT like test at their school. Like to see at least a 15 or 16 composite score.

2.0 GPA minimum preferred.

*for most programs

Bachelors Degree Programs

HS Diploma –Professional Pathway

ACT score of at least 18 or 19 composite. Some Programs require at least a 24 to 27 minimum composite .

2.5 GPA minimum preferred.


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Sophomores: Ready or Not: Core

PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP as of today

HS Diploma –Professional Pathway

ACT Score of at least 22 composite. Subtests (English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning) scores are to be at least 20

or……..

A combined SAT score of 1020 with at least a minimum sub-score of 490 in the critical reading section and 480 in the math section

3.0 Core GPA

3.0 GPA overall


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Sophomores: Ready or Not: Core

Assessment Opportunities – THIS year!

ACT PLAN – the pre-ACT in October (no cost)

PSAT – the pre-SAT in October (about $13)Sophomores must sign up for this test

ASVAB – provides academic and career insights different from ACT PLAN in October (no cost)Sophomores must sign up for this test

WESTEST – writing assessment in winter and academic testing in May (no cost)


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Sophomores: Ready or Not: Core

Planning Opportunities – THIS year!

As a result of participating in these assessments, your child will

be provided the interpretation of the results for each assessment.

Beginning in January, in accordance to POLICY 2510, you, your

student and their advisor or school counselor will review their

ACT PLAN results and use the information to declare their

Career Major and Pathway. Then an Individualized Student

Transition Plan (ISTP) will be developed to map out their

Junior and Senior Years of their high school career that best

supports their post secondary training goals.


Sophomores ready or not the sophomore year is of critical importance

Sophomores: Core Ready or Not: The Sophomore Year is of critical importance

Sophomore Open House

ACT information was provided by

Cyndi B. Schmeiser

President and Chief Operating Officer, Education Division

[email protected]


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