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College Readiness Systems

Helping all children achieve their dreams of college success

In America, a growing number of young people are recognizing the value of a college education, aspiring to take challenging and advanced courses, and setting their sights on being accepted into college. These students count on their schools and communities to help prepare them for success in a college setting.

But are we meeting the needs of all of our students? Are we helping them receive an education that will prepare them for college? The reality is that much work remains to be done as we move America toward a time when we will graduate the most well educated young people in the world.

“Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.”
—Frances Hesselbein, The Key to Cultural Transformation, Leader to Leader

The College Readiness Systems models for comprehensive reform are designed to help prepare all students for college success and to support schools and districts in their work toward this goal.

All reform models are based on district- and school-specific needs assessments, and programs and services are available to fit those needs. The collaborative implementation of these models in a district or school can change the culture of that school into one of college readiness for all students.

Models are based on key components, including:

  • Creation of a college-going culture, based on rigorous coursework and high expectations
  • Development of a coherent course curriculum
  • Shared commitment to prepare all students for college access and success
  • Use of College Board programs and services
  • Provision of training for leadership teams, teachers, and counselors
  • Use of ongoing assessment
  • Use of data to inform instruction
  • Support of program implementation

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