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Copy of College Readiness

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Transcript of Copy of College Readiness

College Readiness:
Why does it matter?

What is College Readiness & Why Does it Matter?
College Readiness is the ability to enroll in college or university classes and avoid remediation.

What is the real point of High School?
When considering all first-time undergraduates, studies have found anywhere from 28 percent to 40 percent of students enroll in at least one remedial course. When looking at only community college students, several studies have found remediation rates surpassing 50 percent.

The objective of high school should be to prepare students to enter college without the need to remediate.

College Readiness =
No Remediation!
Most remedial classes don’t count toward graduation. If a student must complete several remedial classes before he can begin other coursework, it could add semesters and significant additional tuition costs to his college experience, not to mention lost time and money if the student drops out of college. Though many students choose higher education as a pathway to higher potential earnings, many choose to drop out due to seemingly temporary hurdles, like finances, failing grades, and unpreparedness.

Test Scores Matter
Only 8% of Nevada seniors are currently college ready
College readiness is determined by ACT scores.

College Readiness matters because remedial courses do not count towards graduation, and the majority of students who remediate do not end up earning a four-year degree

What is College Readiness
& Why Does it Matter? Cont...
College Readiness is determined
by meeting benchmarks on the ACT.

ACT -18 English, 22 Math, 22 Reading, 23 Science

What is Remedial Education?
Remedial education refers to classes taken on a college campus that are below college-level.

Students pay tuition and can use financial aid for remedial courses, but they do not receive college credit. Most remediation occurs in reading, writing and math.

Within and among states, “remedial” often is used interchangeably with the terms “developmental” and “basic skills.” In this brief, remedial education refers to all classes below college-level that are taken by college students.

High School Preparation
High School preparation is the Best Predictor of College Graduation.

Of all the high school courses, the highest level of mathematics taken is the most important for college success.

The odds that a student who enters college will complete a bachelor’s degree more than doubles if that student completed a mathematics course beyond Algebra II

What is the real point
of High School? Cont...
What is the point of spending 4 years in high school if a student does not graduate with the ability to take college-level courses and avoid remediation?

Failure to be college ready is the direct result of lack of high school preparation.
Taking rigorous HS courses is the key to becoming college ready

What can I do as a Parent?
Make sure your child is taking courses that match his/her aptitude and ability, and which maximize his/her critical thinking skills.

Take practice ACT exams (our counseling office provies ACT exams to any student who requests them).
Know our child's ACT scores.

All 11th graders take the ACT
Only 8% State-Wide are College Ready.

What is on the ACT?
How can I prepare my child?
ACT Math includes Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. The ACT emphasizes a comprehensive knowledge of each subject.

Make sure your child does not have any gaps or areas of concern in any of these three courses.

Critical Reading is paramount on the ACT. Strong reading comprehension is essential for success on the ACT.

Make sure your child is a strong reader. More importantly, it is essential that your child is able to comprehend what he/she reads. Read every day! Read with your child. Check their comprehension.

I am already College Ready.
Why should I try to achieve a higher score?
As you will see on the following slides, scholarships are awarded to students who achieve high ACT/SAT scores.

The higher your score, the more money you can earn.

A high GPA will not compensate for a low ACT score.

Selective Universities Require High Test Scores & High GPA's
BYU - Average ACT score is 28.4

UCLA - Average ACT score is 30
Thank you!

Sean Abid
CCSD NCAA Eligibility Liaison
Lead Guidance Counselor
Desert Oasis HS
702-799-6881 ext. 4301
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