College & Career Readiness

  • COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS IN KENTUCKY

     

    What is Kentucky’s definition of college readiness?

    College readiness is the level of preparation a student needs to succeed in credit-bearing courses in college. “Succeed” is defined as completing entry-level courses at a level of understanding and proficiency that prepares the student for subsequent courses. Kentucky’s systemwide standards of readiness guarantee students access to credit-bearing coursework without the need for remediation in high school or college coursework or intervention programming.

     

    What is Kentucky’s definition of career readiness?

    Career readiness is the level of preparation a high school graduate needs to proceed to the next step in a chosen career, whether that is postsecondary coursework, industry certification, or entry into the workforce. According to the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), career readiness includes core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities. Employability skills and technical, job-specific skills related to a specific career pathway are essential in any career area.

     

    What are the standards of readiness?

    Most definitions of college readiness include some predictive statement about how well students will do in relevant courses based on national assessments, such as the ACT or SAT. “Success” is defined by ACT as 50 percent or higher probability of a student earning a B or higher in the corresponding college course or courses and 75 percent or higher probability of earning a C or higher in the corresponding college course or courses.

     

    What ACT and scores determine college readiness for Kentucky students?

    The Kentucky systemwide standards of college readiness are ACT scores of 18 for English, 20 for reading, and a mathematics score of 19 for some introductory courses in mathematics (often statistics or an applied mathematics course), 22 for college algebra, and 27 for calculus. The Kentucky systemwide standards of readiness guarantee students access to credit-bearing coursework without the need for transitional, developmental education, or supplemental courses or programs. Established common SAT and placement test benchmark scores will also be used.

     

    Why does Kentucky have three ACT college readiness standards for mathematics?

    A three-tiered approach to mathematics was used to establish mathematics readiness levels for various fields of study. For example, a survey of Kentucky institutions found that most majors in the liberal arts and social sciences fields do not require college algebra. A mathematics readiness score for those majors was investigated and subsequently established based on student performance in the liberal arts mathematics courses. Typically, one-half of all graduates were in liberal arts or social sciences fields. The ACT score of 22 for college algebra reflects both Kentucky and national success data. A third tier for calculus readiness is typically listed as a course prerequisite. Prior to establishing a calculus readiness level, each Kentucky institution established its own ACT prerequisite. The calculus readiness score reflects a score that guarantees placement in an entry-level calculus course at any state-supported institution.

     

    What happens if a student does not meet the college readiness standards in any area?

    Kentucky students not meeting systemwide standards of readiness can demonstrate needed competency levels through placement testing at the college or university or during high school senior year transition and intervention programs.

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