• The data since Delaware’s first College Success Report in 2015 have highlighted that to ensure college readiness students must be prepared for more rigorous courses, such as AP English and Pre-Calculus. The end goal is to ensure 100 percent of students graduate ready for post-secondary education (including certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degrees). For many students, the 12th grade becomes a critical year to ensure they are prepared for college-level coursework before graduation.

    This report encourages educators to identify students who are not meeting college-ready standards by the end of 11th grade, and to help them reach college readiness by the end of 12th grade. Educators have already established a successful path from higher-level coursework to college readiness for a portion of students. Now schools must learn from this success and use their resources to ensure all students access this path, with the necessary supports, and graduate college-ready. How do we ensure all students — not just some students — graduate college- and career-ready?

    For students not achieving college readiness by the end of 11th grade, 12th grade courses must be designed to provide students with the rigor and supports they need to achieve college readiness by graduation. It is important to note that educators have valuable data prior to 11th grade, including student performance on 8th grade Smarter Math, Smarter English Language Arts and the 10th grade PSAT. These measurements provide early indicators of students’ progression towards college-readiness and the need for interventions way before 12th grade. By providing structure and support to students earlier,schools can ensure more students are entering 12th grade ready to tackle college-level courses.

    Questions for Educators and Policymakers

    • What actions can schools and districts take to ensure students have access to rigorous instruction?
    • What course-level changes support students who meet the PSAT or SAT college-readiness benchmark?
    • How effective are Response to Intervention (RTI) programs in elementary and middle school in supporting students successfully transitioning to high school ready for grade-level standards?
    • What additional resources are available to help students reach the college-ready benchmark before graduation?
    • What gaps in curricular standards lead to low student performance on the SAT and higher remediation rates? What is the effectiveness of credit recovery programs and other existing interventions for increasing student proficiency in the standards?

    Parent/Community Actions

    • Review your student’s assessment score report to determine when additional interventions are needed. 
    • Enroll in summer academies and after-school programs to help your student reach and exceed the college-readiness benchmark.
    • Use free SAT prep and resources available through Khan Academy at http://satpractice.org
    • Encourage students who are demonstrating success to take Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses before high school graduation.
Last Modified on June 3, 2020