A Parent’s Guide tocollege ReadinessPart 2:Middle School Mike Horton, AVID Administrator Riverside County Office of Education
Topics • Welcome • “College preparedness” versus “College readiness” • The four dimensions of college readiness • The middle school’s role in college readiness
Middle Schools • There are six major things that middle schools can do in order to ready students well for college: • Help English Learners get out of ELD by the end of 8th grade • Compete Algebra 1 in 8th grade • Create a 4-year high school A-G plan • If they speak another language academically, encourage them to take the SAT2 in that language • Score proficient or advanced on CSTs to get into A-G, Honors, and AP courses in high school • Enroll in AVID
ELD and College Readiness Although the rules are complicated, students are allowed to count one year of ELD toward A-G completion. If a student is not at least CLEDT 3 by the end of 8th grade, it’s unlikely that they’ll meet A-G. Here’s a link to the complicated rules: http://www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide/ag/a-g/english_reqs.html ELCR is an AVID program intended to get long-term ELs reclassified before high school. There is a cost associated with ELCR because it is not covered by the state grant.
ELD and College Readiness In high school, sheltered classes may be approved as fulfilling the A-G requirement if it is sufficiently rigorous. The district must submit the course to UC and request approval. Very few do. Here’s a link to a website where one can see which courses are A-G approved for any school: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home?execution=e1s5 Here’s a list of SDAIE courses that have been approved already: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home?execution=e1s11
Math and College The Middle School’s Role 12th- Calculus 11th- Pre-Calculus 10th- Algebra 2/Trigonometry 9th- Geometry 8th- ALGEBRA 1
Math and College RIMS 8th graders who took Algebra 1: 62.0% RIMS 8th graders who took, passed Algebra 1 CST: 38.5% RIMS AVID 8th graders who passed Algebra 1 C or better: 70.3%
4-Year Plans Few students are required to complete a 4-year plan Even fewer are followed up on in high school Even fewer are plans to go to college; most are graduation plans Research shows that students who have college plans by 10th grade are 21% more likely to attend college compared to those completing plans in 12th grade. Imagine how much higher it is if the plans were made in middle school!
4-Year Plans Let’s review the A-G requirements and write a sample 4-year plan like an 8th grader would create before registering for high school courses
4-Year Plans Student 1- Failed Algebra 1 in 8th grade and needs to re-take in 9th grade. Otherwise, does well in classes. Student 2- AVID in 6th, 7th, 8th and hopes to continue all 4 years of high school. Passed Algebra 1 and wants to take AP Calculus in 12th grade. Also plays flute and wants to be in Marching Band all 4 years. Student 3- English Learner, CELDT Level 2. With a lot of work, could be reclassified in 2 years. Does well in SDAIE classes, but not ready for mainstream yet. Student 4- Failed 8th grade ELA and got far below basic on Pre-Algebra. Scheduled to be double-blocked in ELA and Math in 9th grade.
4-Year Plans Let’s talk about challenges that each student faced . . .