College and Career Readiness: Using Individualized Student Performance Data to Drive Systemic Instructional Decisions

Jake Moore and Allyson Olson

As educators, our goal is to prepare each student for post-secondary success, regardless of what path each may choose.  How can we best prepare students for the future, when the only thing we can be certain of is that the future will involve change and opportunities that we may not yet even be able to envision?

Secondary schools with a  college-going culture promote the school-wide belief that all students can succeed in postsecondary education.  College and career readiness requires a multi-pronged approach that addresses the following elements:

•Key cognitive strategies
•Key content knowledge
•Academic behaviors
•Contextual skills and awareness

Our project emphasizes the second dimension in the process, aligning course content knowledge with college readiness and industry standards in order to ensure college and career readiness upon completion of the secondary coursework. 

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