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The College Board and College Readiness

The College Board is made up of 23,000 high schools and 3,800 colleges and universities.  It “is driven by a single goal — to ensure that every student has the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.”  The College Board believes in excellence and equity in education, and works to “ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond.”  This not-for-profit organization states that, “Students are ‘college ready’ when they have the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to complete a college course of study successfully, without remediation.

A Definition of College Readiness

The College Board identifies College Readiness through multiple measures:

  1. Academic knowledge and skills evidenced by successful completion of a rigorous high school core curriculum (4 years of mathematics, including algebra II; 4 years of English language arts; 3 or more years of science; 3 or more years of social sciences/history).
  2. Success in college-prep and college-level courses taken in high school that require in-depth subject-area knowledge, higher-order thinking skills, and strong study and research skills, e.g., as evidenced by achievement of a grade of 3 or higher on at least one AP examination.
  3. Advanced academic skills, such as reasoning, problem solving, analysis, and writing abilities, e.g., as demonstrated by successful performance on the SAT (a score of 1020 in critical reading and mathematical reasoning corresponds to a 90% probability of a Freshman GPA of C or higher and a 50% probability of a B or higher).
  4. College planning skills, as demonstrated by an understanding of college and career options and the college admissions and financing process.

© 2011 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

Updated: August 20, 2011

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