The Center for College Readiness connects college instructors with high school students to provide the students direct feedback about their college readiness skills in writing, reading and math.
The Center for College Readiness connects college instructors with high school students to provide the students direct feedback about their college readiness skills in writing, reading and math. Our Web-based approach allows for clear, concise and timely feedback. The ability to connect college faculty directly with high school teachers and students makes our program unique and valuable.
There are four programs within the Center for College Readiness: Ready or Not Writing, Ready or Not Reading, Ready or Not Math and Step Write Up.
Ready or Not Writing is a Web-based diagnostic tool that allows high school students to submit essays for college-readiness assessment by college English instructors. These instructors rate the students' essays using a "bridge" rubric, explicitly aligned with the Common Core State Standards. These rubrics target three specific genres: Argument, Explain/Inform and Narrative.
Students also receive a personalized feedback letter, offering specific strategies for improvement. High school teachers have full access to their students' essay, rubric and feedback letter. In addition, we provide aggregate data reports on writing error patterns and writing tendencies.
Ready or Not Reading provides targeted feedback that prepares high school students for college-level reading in the content areas of informational reading, information technology, history and social studies, English/language arts, mathematics, and sciences. University reading educators offer students individualized feedback on student reading comprehension and give teachers access to overview and aggregate data on student reading performance. Feedback is guided by a rubric aligned with the reading framework of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Common Core State Standards. With Ready or Not Reading, teachers and students benefit from online and downloadable content-area reading improvement resources keyed to the targeted feedback.
Students test their reading skills with multiple choice and short answer items. After this, students and teachers receive feedback on student skills and challenges in four components of close reading: recall, inference and interpretation, critique and evaluation, and content area vocabulary. Finally, online and downloadable reading improvement resources targeted to the four aspects of close reading help teachers and students improve student reading comprehension in the content areas.
Ready or Not Math was conceived with the goal of providing high school students and their teachers with pertinent information related to their readiness to succeed in college-level mathematics. The focus is not only to avoid the need for future remedial (preparatory) courses, but also to increase students' persistence and achievement in college-level math.
It was determined that a core of 79 specific content items must ideally be in a student's mathematics repertoire for him or her to be able to successfully complete the College Algebra course and succeed at a high level. The student's repertoire must also include the ability to open-mindedly critically think and problem solve, too. The Ready or Not Math project designed a battery of six assessments which the students must successfully complete to be labeled as College Ready by this project.
The Step Write Up Program invites 8th graders to submit a portfolio of their writing to high school language arts teachers who provide constructive feedback and support. Step Write Up readers also provide rubric ratings in five writing domains based on the "step" rubric aligned with the Common Core standards. The program's mission is to better prepare 8th graders for 9th grade writing tasks by fostering online communication among 8th graders, their teachers and high school readers.
Last modified: July 29th, 2013 at 03:14pm