College and Career Readiness

The Problem of College Readiness edited by W. G. Tierney and J. C. Duncheon

College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School by David T. Conley

What Do We Know about Readiness

Why the recent emphasis on college readiness?

1852-1918 - Massachusetts is the first state to pass compulsory attendance law; Mississippi the last

1920s - high school enrollment increased dramatically

1930s - rise of social promotion to high school

1960s - GI bill passed result in an increase in the diversity of post-secondary enrollment

1990s – policy change that provided for more students to attend post-secondary education

2010 – Blueprint for Reform of the Elementary and Secondary Act.


Each person take 2 from the envelope

Place the actions or behaviors with the correct dimension

The Problem of College Readiness by Tierney and Duncheon

1. Define college readiness

2. Identify the components of college readiness

3. Address the concerns of students attaining and persisting in post-secondary education (PSE)

4. The impact of college remediation and not being college ready

5. Strategies on how higher education can assist

College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School by Conley

1. Redefining college and career readiness
  • Four key dimensions
  • Ways to develop key cognitive strategies and key content knowledge
  • Ways to develop self-management skills and college knowledge
2. Case studies of diverse high schools that succeed

3. Strategies for "putting it all together" to implement change in the culture of the school

Connections to Thinking For Understanding Concept

Darling-Hammond’s - importance of collaboration

How People Learn – connection to new knowledge, build on current knowledge,chunking

Blythe – understanding goes beyond the topic; be able to explain college readiness

How People Learn – learner centered environment, ongoing assessments

How People Learn – Zone of Proximal Development

How People Learn – focus on learning research that has implications for the design of formal instructional environments (K-16)

Blythe – understanding goes beyond knowing how; able to find examples, explain it and apply it

Blythe – performances of understanding (use what they know in new ways)

Darling-Hammond and How People Learn – encourage strategic and metacognitive thinking

"How to Get There"

  • Develop a profile of the school’s college readiness capacity.
  • Identify short-and long-term measures of success.
  • Assess the school or district’s capacity to support improvements.
  • Institute specific programs to address the four dimensions of college and career readiness.
  • Institute professional development to support college readiness.
  • Recognize the importance of culture and change culture.
  • Gauge the progress of changes in the high school.
  • Determine the effects on student performance in college.


1. Brainstorm with your group ideas that a campus could implement for students and faculty to assist all students in being college and career ready

2. On a large sheet of poster paper create your list of the top 4 ideas