Redefining college and career readiness

Updated 1/16/2017 10:39 AM

Before the current school year, there were three standards of college and career readiness for high school students reported annually by the Illinois State Board of Education:

1) PARCC TEST - At least Level 4 (Met Expectations) out of five levels in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math


2) STATE'S ACT STANDARD - At least a combined score of 21 in English, math, reading and science

3) ACT MINIMUMS - Meet or exceed all four of the ACT benchmark scores:
• English: 18
• Reading: 22
• Math: 22
• Science: 23

For the 2016-2017 year, the state dropped the PARCC test for high school and switched to the SAT test instead of the ACT.

• Evidence-based reading/writing: 480
• Math: 530

A NEW FRAMEWORK proposed by a group of high school district superintendents seeks to move away from test-based assessments of whether students are college and career ready. It defines four "pathways" for students to be considered ready. Most involve a mix of three components:


• 90% attendance
• 25 hours of community service
• Workplace learning experience
• Industry credential
• Military service, including ROTC
• Two or more organized co-curricular activities

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• Score of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam
• Grade of C or better in an Advanced Placement (AP) course
• Grade of C or better in a dual credit course
• Grade of C or better in Algebra II
• Score of 4 or better on an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam
• Grade of C or better on a college developmental course in remedial English and/or math
• Minimum score on the ACT
• Minimum score on the SAT


In addition, the proposal establishes a "Distinguished Scholar Designation:"
• 3.0 GPA
• Minimum ACT or SAT scores
• Two Academic indicators
• Two Career indicators

Source: Northwest Suburban High School District 214

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