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Redefining Ready

Redefining Ready! is a national initiative launched by the AASA (The School Superintendents Association) to introduce new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are college-ready, career-ready, and life-ready. 

The readiness indicators include metrics from Advanced Placement courses, Algebra II, early college credits, attendance, career-based experiences, and more. These indicators more accurately reflect the educational landscape of the 21st Century. 

At Elkhorn Area High School we strive to ensure all students graduate future-ready based on their individual post-secondary path. By utilizing Redefining Ready targets, we measure our overall future-ready teaching and learning system.


Attendance Rate in Freshman year
Course attendance is eight times more predictive of course failure in the freshman year than 8th-grade test scores. More than half of students who miss less than a week of school per semester have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Co-Curricular Participation

Participants in extra-curricular activities are more likely than non-participants to aspire to higher education—60% are expected to complete a bachelor's degree.

2.8 GPA
Students with a 2.8 GPA or higher graduating high school have a 71% likelihood of reaching the American middle class.

Taking AP Courses
Participation in Advanced Placement provides an indicator of academic rigor and component of college readiness.

% Passing AP Test
The percentage of students who take and pass AP exams is the best AP-related indicator of whether the school is preparing an increasing percentage of its students to graduate from college.

Dual Credit College Classes
College courses taken via Advanced Placement courses, Transcripted courses, and Project Lead the Way courses.

% of Students Taking College Credits
Dual enrollment students are (significantly) statistically more likely to: Persist in college to a second semester; Earn higher post-secondary GPA one and two years after high school; Remain enrolled two years in a post-secondary institution; Male and low-income students benefited more from dual enrollment participation than their peers.

Students Earning a "C" or Higher in Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
Success in Algebra II in high school is linked to both college enrollment and bachelor's degree attainment. Courses taken in high school are more predictive of (college) success than family income and race.

% of Composite ACT Scores

The ACT assessment was administered to almost all 11th graders in Wisconsin for the first time in 2014-15. This data provides important insight into the academic preparedness of students, particularly readiness for postsecondary education. The following are the ACTs minimum benchmark scores that predict college-level success in the four content areas: English - 18; Math - 22; Reading - 22; Science - 23.

Students with Career-Based Experiences and Industry-Based Credentials
Participation in career-based experiences and completion of industry-based credentials is an indicator of career-readiness. Coupled with academic and life-ready indicators, students meeting these benchmarks have an increased likelihood of post-secondary success.
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