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Redefining Ready!

Standardized tests scores — traditionally used as the primary readiness indicator — do not always provide an accurate representation of our students’ potential. Today’s students are driven by ideas and innovations. They should not be reduced down to, or defined by, a single test score. Our students are MORE than a SCORE.

Redefining Ready! is a national initiative launched by the AASA (The School Superintendents Association) to introduce new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are college ready, career ready and life ready.

Our nation’s high schools provide students with rigorous academic programs, personalized and career-specific learning experiences, along with social and emotional skills that prepare them to be global citizens in an ever-changing world.

Students learn in a variety of ways. They should be able to demonstrate readiness in a variety of ways.

The new readiness indicators (see below), developed from research by world-class organizations, more accurately reflect the educational landscape of the 21st century. Multiple metrics include Advanced Placement courses, Algebra II, early college credits, industry credentials, attendance, community service, among others.

For more information about Redefining Ready!, please go to the Redefining Ready! site at www.redefiningready.org


College Ready Indicators

Students are College Ready if they meet either the academic or standardized testing benchmarks listed below.

GPA 2.8 out of 4.0 and one or more of the following benchmarks:

  • Advanced Placement Exam (3+)

  • Advanced Placement Course (A, B or C)

  • Dual Credit College English and/or Math (A, B or C)

  • College Developmental/Remedial English and/or Math (A, B or C) Algebra II (A, B or C)

  • International Baccalaureate Exam (4+)

  • College Readiness Placement Assessment

  • (Standardized test benchmarks minimum score)

  • SAT Exam: Math (530) | Reading and Writing (480)

  • ACT Exam: English (18) | Reading (22) | Science (23) | Math (22)

Additional Factors that Contribute to College Success: Earning As, Bs, Cs; FAFSA completion; enrollment in career pathway course sequence; college academic advising; participation in college-bound bridge programs; senior year math class; completion of a math class after Algebra II.


Career Ready Indicators

Students are Career Ready if they have identified a career interest and meet two of the behavioral and experiential benchmarks listed below. In addition, students entering the military upon graduation must meet the passing scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) for each branch of the military.

Career Cluster Identified and two or more of the following benchmarks:

  • 90 percent Attendance

  • 25 hours of Community Service

  • Workplace Learning Experience

  • Industry Credential

  • Dual Credit Career Pathway Course

  • Two or more organized Co-Curricular Activities