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1.2.3 Attributes of a College and Career Ready Student

Take another look at the College and Career Readiness Descriptors. Choose two of these that are priority areas for your school and reflect in your journal about how your school site will be able to make a shift to better prepare your students. What specific instructional changes will you make in the two areas?

Time to Read

Take a few minutes to explore "What are the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness?" an interactive Web site from the Educational Policy Center on Student Preparedness for Career and College. In the journal below address the following question "What ways do these illustrated concepts add to your comprehension of College Career Readiness?"

Are there limits?
As we explore the school's responsibilities in creating prepared high school graduates, it is important to understand the limits of our powers. Dr. David Conley, founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR), offers this insight:


What Isn't In the Definition of College Career Readiness?
It's possible to identify other important factors not addressed by the definition, such as positive citizenship, parental support, peer group influence and, perhaps most importantly, student financial capability to attend college. These factors and others are indeed important, but schools cannot necessarily teach or influence them as directly as they can the Four Keys. It is important for schools to help students become good citizens, access financial resources, gain parental support, and develop peer networks that support postsecondary readiness. But the areas in need of most direct attention and generally under the most direct control by schools are those enumerated in the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness."

Source: College & Career Readiness (Educational Policy Improvement Center [EPIC Online]



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