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College Readiness News Roundup: The Unprepared Nation, the Self-Absorbed Higher Ed System, and More

In this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, check out our new infographic about college readiness, as well as articles about community college placement, college retention, and more.

1. The Unprepared Nation [INFOGRAPHIC]

The stats in our college readiness infographic are pretty sobering. Check out why preparedness matters — not only for individual students but for our country as a whole.

2. Community college placement falters

Jay Maheny weighs in on remediation requirements and placement in D.C.-area two year colleges, in this blog post from the Washington Post.

3. The Self-Absorbed Higher Ed System

Jeff Selingo thinks that American higher-ed institutions need to stop congratulating themselves on the fact that they’re in high demand, and start paying attention to how they’re serving American society.

4. Ready for College

This four-part webcast posted by AdLit.org covers the ins and outs of college readiness and discusses ways in which high schools, colleges, and parents can collaborate to ensure students are prepared for post-secondary education.

5. “Unlocking the Secrets of College Retention” Webinar

On Tuesday EdWeek held an interactive webinar about how nonprofits and colleges are aiming to improve college retention. The webinar was moderated by Caralee Adams, a contributing writer to EdWeek, and featured presenters Julie Kashan and Carla Wood. Check out the on-demand version here.



College Readiness News Roundup: More Accountability in High Schools, Florida’s New Readiness Agenda, and More

In this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, check out stories about accountability in college readiness, Florida’s new college-readiness agenda, and more.

1. Call for More Accountability in College Readiness

“If states want to get serious about college and career readiness, they need to track student completion of college-level coursework in high school. A policy brief by Jobs for the Future, a national Boston-based nonprofit, advocates better accountability and incentives for schools to prepare students for college success.” Read more in this post from Education Week’s College Ready blog.

2. Suburban Colleges Try to Get Kids College-Ready

Community colleges in suburban Chicago are offering bridge and developmental courses to help get students up to speed for college courses — but many say that better alignment between high school and college standards is key to increasing college readiness rates. Read more in this article from the Daily Herald.

3. Universities Drop Remedial Classes as Part of Reform

The majority of the nearly 40% of Ohio students who need remedial courses will take them at community colleges instead of universities this year, thanks to a new statewide plan to save students money and improve credit transfer between institutions. Read more in this article from the Dayton Daily News.

4. Testing Ground: How Florida Schools and Colleges Are Using a New Assessment to Increase College

A new report discusses “how Florida’s Division of Colleges worked with K-12 partners to design, plan, and launch an ambitious college-readiness agenda with a new college placement test as its centerpiece.” Click to read the full report.

5. Report Calls for Inclusion of Asian Students in College Agenda

“Despite being one of the fastest-growing minorities in the United States, the Asian American and Pacific Islander population has not been adequately researched or its needs considered in the the higher education agenda, a new report released today says.” Read more about the findings of the report, entitled “The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda,” in this post from Education Week’s College Ready blog.

6. “Unlocking the Secrets of College Retention” Free Webinar: 10/18/2011

This free webinar from Education Week will discuss efforts to improve college retention, a growing problem across the country. Register here.

7. The Problem with Continuous Improvement

A new bill drafted by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) would “relieve states of having to meet federally specified achievement goals in math and reading,” requiring only that students show “continuous improvement,” as opposed to proficiency or college readiness. Richard Rothstein objects to the bill’s standards in this post on the Washington Post’s The Answer Sheet blog.


College Readiness News Roundup: Cultural Hurdles to College, New Placement Test in Florida, and Blueprint for Education in Iowa

In this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, check out articles about Florida’s new placement test, how schools are encouraging more rural students to go to college, and more.

1. Report Assessments for College Readiness in Florida

A new report details how Florida’s Division of Colleges and K-12 partners designed and launched a new placement test as a part of a great college readiness plan. Read more in this article from Getting Smart.

2. Helping Rural Students Leap Cultural Hurdles to College

One of the biggest challenges in increasing college attendance rates among rural students involves convincing the students’ parents to get on-board. Read more about the challenge and solutions in this article from Ed Week.

3. Branstad Unveils Blueprint for Education in Iowa

Iowa governor Terry Branstad recently announced “a reform plan that raises the bar for admittance to teacher preparation programs, replaces a century-old pay system for teachers and makes strides in eliminating social promotion,” according to the Des Moines Register.

4. Better Data Urged to Link K-12 and Postsecondary

“If high schools are going to better prepare students for college and careers, experts say they need to track graduates enrolling in higher education, whether they take remedial courses to get up to speed, and whether they earn a degree.” Read more in this article from Education Week.

College Readiness News Roundup: Stagnant College Graduation Rates, Readiness in Rural Schools, and More

A stack of newspapersIn this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, read articles about readiness in rural high schools, No Child Left Behind waivers, and the reasons behind stagnant college graduation rates.

1. Rural Schools Work to Improve Students’ College Readiness

After receiving a federal Investing in Innovation grant, 29 Northeast Tennessee high schools are increasing the effort to make students more college-ready. Read more on Education Week’s “Rural Education” blog.

2. No Child Left Behind: With Waivers, Obama Grants Schools Flexibility

Obama will give schools more flexibility under No Child Left Behind, allowing schools to apply for waivers from specific aspects of the law. The waivers would would allow schools to pursue individual plans for school improvement and improved college and career readiness. Read more in this article from The Christian Science Monitor.

3. Revolution in Education Won’t Be Fast or Easy

“It will look worse before it looks better,” warns Rochelle Riley of Michigan’s sweeping plans for educational reform. Read more about Riley’s predictions, and Michigan’s new definition of “proficient,” in this article from The Detroit Free Press.

4. College Graduation Rates Are Stagnant Even as Enrollment Rises, Study Finds

A report by Complete College America shows that despite growing enrollment, graduation rates aren’t budging — and remedial courses play a large part in the crisis. Read more in this article from the New York Times.

College Readiness News Roundup: SAT Scores as Gauge of College Readiness, Breaking the Remedial Cycle

In this week’s College Readiness news roundup, check out articles about SAT scores as the new gauge of college readiness, how to break the cycle of remedial college classes, and more.

1. SAT Scores: A Gauge of College Readiness?

The College Board, the company behind the SAT, is touting a new “college and career readiness benchmark,” an SAT score that is linked to a better chance of earning at least a B- average in college courses. Read more in this article from Education Week’s “Curriculum Matters” blog.

2. How to Break the Cycle of Remedial College Classes

This GOOD article discusses how collaboration between high school and college teachers can help ensure students are prepared for college work and don’t become caught in the cycle of remediation.

3. Companies Must Play a Vital Role in STEM Education

The president and executive director of Dow Chemical Co.’s philanthropic division argues for the need for business leaders to encourage STEM education in the U.S. in order to revitalize the country’s manufacturing industry.

4. High School Remake Would Put Georgia Students on Career Track

“Georgia wants to overhaul its high school curriculum, making it more like college with courses tailored to what students want to do after they graduate.” Read more about the proposed plan in this article from Education Week.

5. Missouri Finishes Work on New College Readiness Standards

After a 2007 law called for development of new college readiness criteria, Missouri has created new standards to ensure consistency among school districts.

College Readiness News Roundup: Expanded Learning Opportunities, Where Community Colleges Go Wrong, and More

In this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, check out stories about expanded learning opportunities for students, the downside to community college placement tests, and more.

1. How Can Expanded Learning Opportunities Help Prepare Students for a College and Career?

This brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education calls for “expanded learning opportunities for high school students through methods such as work-based experiences, innovative technology, and personalized lesson plans, saying these have the potential to help address projected skill and knowledge shortages in the nation’s workforce.” Check out the full document for more.

2. How the Other Half Tests

“Millions of Americans are denied the chance to take college-level courses by a downscale version of the SAT.” Read more in this article from Washington Monthly.

3. Where Community Colleges Go Wrong

An op-ed in the Washington Post expands on the problems with remedial policies at many community colleges.

4. Indiana Roundtable Looks to Improve College Readiness

The Indiana Education Roundtable voted this week to recommend the State Board of Education adopt stricter standards aimed at improving college and career readiness. Read more in this article from the Herald Bulletin.

College Readiness News Roundup: Recent High School Graduates Optimistic About Value of College; Why Kids Aren’t Learning Science

DSC_4086In this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, read about high schoolers’ view of college, why Illinois students are having trouble with science (maybe), and how California wants to change its school performance standards.

1. Recent High-School Graduates Optimistic About Value of College

According to a new survey from the College Board, most recent high school graduates think that earning a college degree is worth the time and money. However, the survey results beg the question — with more and more students forced to enroll in remediation during college, and more students having trouble finding work once they’ve graduated, how would the survey results be different if recent college grads were the ones polled? Read about the survey results in this L.A. Times blog post, and then let us know your thoughts in the comments.

2. Changing the Way We Grade Schools

California Senate President ProTem Darrell Steinberg is arguing that standardized test scores — the “current yardsticks by which California’s classrooms have been measured” — aren’t broad enough for today’s schools. He’s authored a bill to replace California’s current Academic Performance Index with “a set of standards that include items like career and college readiness and graduation rates, along with test scores.” Read more in this article from NBC LA.

3. Unscientific Methods: Why Aren’t Kids Learning Science

With fewer than 25% of Illinois students meeting the ACT’s benchmarks in math, reading, science, and English ( the Illinois Times posits that “we may be teaching the wrong kind of science to the wrong kids for the wrong reasons.”




College Readiness News Roundup: Overconfident and Underprepared Students; Should High Schools Pay for College Remediation?

In this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, check out articles from The Washington Post, CNN.com and more.

1. The Link Between ‘The Planet of the Apes’ and Testing

In this Washington Post op-ed, Carol Corbett Burris, a high school principal in New York, wonders why we are ramping up spending to develop college readiness tests when test-based accountability has a questionable track record.

2. ‘Lucky Ones’ Are Being Prepared for College

In this editorial from the San Antonio Express News, Michael Soto reflects on his parents’ continued emphasis on education and wonders what we can do to promote a college-going culture in our communities.

3. Overconfident and Underprepared: Why Too Many Students Drop Out of College

Why are so many students dropping out of college? Financial pressure is often part of it — but lack of preparation and other factors like grade inflation and overconfidence also play a role. Read more about the problem in TakePart’s interview with San Diego State pyschology professor and author Jean Twenge.

4. Parents, Time to Panic About Our Kids’ Education

With the U.S. having fallen from first to ninth in the proportion of young people with college degrees and 2011 ACT scores revealing that only 1/4 of high school graduates meet college readiness standards, LZ Granderson argues for the need for “an aggressive, multipronged strategy geared toward closing the education gap between the rich and everyone else.” Read more in this article on CNN.com.

5. Utah Lawmaker Proposes Making School Districts Pay for College Remediation

A Utah lawmaker wants to make school districts and charter schools that fail to prepare students for college pay — literally. Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, is working on a bill for the next legislative session that would allow colleges to bill school districts and charter schools for the cost of remediating their students when they get to college.” Read more in this article from the Salt Lake Tribune.

6. Rethinking Remediation: Completion and the Co-Requisite Model

Stan Jones from the Complete College America blog points to the high costs and low success rates of many remedial courses today, and suggests co-requisite developmental and college-level courses as a possible solution.


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College Readiness News Roundup: ACT Scores Show 3 of 4 Students Need Remediation

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Welcome to Knewton’s first College Readiness News Roundup. With college readiness a growing concern across the nation, we’re keeping track of the latest news, insights, and research on the issue.

1. ACT Takers Make Marginal Gains in College Readiness, but Achievement Gaps Remain

While the number of high-school graduates who met all four of the ACT’s college-readiness benchmarks rose this year, the gains were very small, and much progress remains to be seen. Only 25% of graduates who took the ACT met the benchmarks in all four subjects tested (math, science, English, and reading). Read more about the implications of these statistics in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education. You can also download the ACT’s full report, “The Condition of College and Career Readiness, ” here.

2. Website Compares MI High Schools’ Readiness Success

The state of Michigan launched a website today, www.mischooldata.org, that will provide a way to compare how well each high school in the state prepares its graduates for college-level courses. According to this article in the Detroit Free Press, the site “will include first-ever information on how many students from each school go to college, how many earn at least a year’s worth of college credit within two years of graduation, and how many have to take remedial courses in college.” The site aims to increase transparency and support parents’ efforts to help their children succeed.

3. Fresh Approaches to Old Problem: Roughly 1 in 3 College Students Require Remediation

This Washington Post articles covers a few new solutions to the pressing college readiness problem in the U.S., such as integrating college coursework into high school students’ schedules and establishing group peer mentorship programs to help students learn from one another.

4. Report Cites Philadelphia’s Lead Role in Fixing Underperforming High Schools

“Charting New Territory: Tapping Charter Schools to Turn Around the Nation’s Dropout Factories,” a recent report from the Center for American Progress, cites Philadelphia and Los Angeles as notable examples of school districts that have chosen to turn their schools into charters into order to improve graduation rates. According to this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the report suggests that “charter conversions can boost college readiness and graduation rates.”