College Readiness

What is College Readiness?          

College readiness is the ability for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to successfully complete basic freshman level college courses. Graduating high school students must have a solid foundation of lifelong learning skills, defined by the College and Career Readiness and Success Center as “a group of cognitive, personal, and interpersonal skills that enable students to both acquire and act on knowledge.”

College and career readiness has become a primary component of the national education agenda. Across the country, schools and districts define their success, in part, by equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in higher education, on the job and in life.


High School Grad Requirements Do Not Assess College Readiness

According to a recent report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college-preparatory curriculum does not ensure that students develop the critical thinking skills associated with reading, writing, and math that are necessary for college-level learning. Graduation requirements including credit attainment, exit and end-of course exams often assess minimum mastery of math, science, English and composition, but don’t adequately assess readiness to succeed in rigorous college classrooms. Consequently, many students enter college unprepared for the rigorous Course requirements and need to spend time (and money) taking remedial classes.

So then, how do high schools ensure that students graduate from high school college-ready?


How Digital Curriculum Prepares Students for College

Laying the groundwork for college readiness begins long before graduation. Digital curriculum has the capacity to utilize real-time data, provide prescriptive assessment that addresses—and remedies—learning gaps in the following ways:

  • Formative Assessment Guides Students. Periodic low-stakes assessments guide students through lessons, redirecting them when they take a wrong turn.
  • Real-time Data Informs Teachers. Teachers have quick, easy access to data they can use to group students and provide appropriate instructional intervention as a part of the learning process.

Active Learning Leads to College Readiness

Students learn material at varying rates and have different styles of learning that can’t be uniformly addressed by traditional classroom instruction. A more student-centric approach is needed, wherein the higher level learning skills needed to complete college freshman courses are mastered along with the subject matter.

“Learn-by-doing” activities are proven to increase engagement and improve conceptual understanding through real-world examples and interactive instruction. The results: Students build a strong foundation for postsecondary success that can be demonstrated on college entrance exams and successful completion of college-level coursework. 


Promote College Readiness for All Students

Apex Learning College Readiness Tutorials go beyond just test prep for the ACT®, SAT®, ACCUPLACER® and TSI Assessment exams. Personalized instruction ensures each student—regardless of where they are on their individual learning path—develops powerful study skills and masters a deep understanding of the concepts necessary for college-level learning and beyond.

Learn It, Try It, Review It, Test It

Each Tutorial targets concepts covered by a specific college-readiness exam through instruction and ongoing progress reports aligned to that test. Tutorials provide individualized instruction designed for different learning styles and academic needs. Learn more about College Readiness Tutorials

What does a College-Ready Student Look Like?

College Readiness Gap

Despite increasing high school graduation rates, most grads are not prepared for college.

Case Study:  Students Overcome Barriers to College Readiness.

An alternative school in Oceanside, California leveraged digital curriculum within an independent study program to re-engage students who had not found success in the traditional classroom and increased grad rates.