Transition Readiness: What is it?
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College Readiness means graduating high school students have the academic skills/knowledge to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college classes - without needing to take remedial courses. (Parents, this means you don't have to pay for expensive college classes that do not count toward your child's degree. If your child is college ready, you save big $$$!)
Career Readiness means test scores and certification(s) indicate that graduating high school students have the academic skills/knowledge needed to succeed in post-secondary job training. Career Readiness is measured through technical assessments/achievements (KOSSA assessment or Industry Certificates).
The ACT predicts college readiness. When students score below benchmark* in any area on one of these assessments, we provide academic intervention to help them get on track.
*"Benchmark" is a term used to describe the minimum
score researchers have found indicates a student is on track to be successful in entry-level college coursework. ACT defines success as:
- A 50% + probability of earning a B or higher in a corresponding entry-level college course
- A 75% + probability of earning a C or higher in a corresponding entry-level college course
Meeting a college readiness benchmark does NOT mean a student will get into a college of their choice. (See Benchmarks in More Depth for information including average freshman ACT scores for many colleges and universities.)
Benchmarks can vary from state to state. The following list shows Kentucky ACT benchmarks used to determine measure academic transition readiness.
English - 18
Math - 19
Reading - 20