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About this Brief
The Gap Between Enrolling in College and Being Ready for College
Causes of the Readiness Gap
State Readiness Efforts Are Not Directed at the Causes of the Readiness Problem
Moving State Agendas Forward:
A Comprehensive and Systemic College Readiness Agenda

Keeping the Focus
Taking Responsibility for College Readiness: A Checklist
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Beyond the Rhetoric
Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy


  Taking Responsibility for College Readiness: A Checklist

Governors should:
Call for legislation that sets forth a framework for a comprehensive and systemic college readiness agenda
Ensure that a P-16 council (if one exists) is charged to develop and advocate for a comprehensive and systemic college readiness agenda
Communicate often and clearly about the importance of setting college readiness standards that truly signal readiness
Set clear expectations that the broad-access postsecondary sectors (all two-year and less-selective four-year institutions) work as equal partners on a college readiness agenda
Ensure that readiness standards are adopted as a core component of state P-12 standards
 
Legislatures should:
Develop and pass legislation that sets forth a framework for a comprehensive and systemic college readiness agenda and assigns clear responsibility for its implementation
Set clear expectations that the broad-access postsecondary sectors (all two-year and less-selective four-year institutions) work as equal partners to establish and implement a college readiness agenda
Revise accountability requirements to hold P-12 and postsecondary accountable for increasing the numbers of college-ready high school graduates
 
P-12 Boards should:
Adopt, as a subset of content standards and in full partnership with postsecondary education, specific college readiness standards for reading, writing, and mathematics that set forth skills, knowledge, and performance levels that students need to succeed in entry-level college courses in two-year and four-year degree programs
Adopt assessments that measure the acquisition of the specific skills and knowledge set forth in the adopted readiness standards
Adopt changes to teacher preparation and teacher in-service to ensure that teachers are trained to help students reach the college readiness standards
Oversee the development of curricular changes to improve college readiness, with a strong focus on new curriculum in 12th grade targeted to areas of identified need
 
Postsecondary governing boards should:
Implement mechanisms for all broad-access postsecondary institutions to partner with P-12 education in the development of college readiness standards
Adopt the college readiness standards officially
Adopt one set of placement instruments and benchmarks across the broad-access sector that reflects the college readiness standards adopted by P-12 and postsecondary boards
 
Postsecondary coordinating boards should:
Monitor the use of placement instruments and standards in use across the broad-access sector and work toward consistent use of placement regimens that reflect the state's college readiness standards
Develop accountability metrics for monitoring changes in: the portion of entering students who are college ready; the portion of remedial students who transition to college-level studies; and the level of postsecondary access provided by these institutions


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