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College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School / Edition 1

College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School / Edition 1

by David T. Conley


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College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School / Edition 1

Giving students the tools they need to succeed in college and work

College and Career Ready offers educators a blueprint for improving high school so that more students are able to excel in freshman-level college courses or entry-level jobs-laying a solid foundation for lifelong growth and success. The book is filled with detailed, practical guidelines and case descriptions of what the best high schools are doing.

  • Includes clear guidelines for high school faculty to adapt their programs of instruction in the direction of enhanced college/career readiness
  • Provides practical strategies for improving students' content knowledge and academic behaviors
  • Offers examples of best practices and research-based recommendations for change

The book considers the impact of behavioral issues-such as time management and study habits-as well as academic skills on college readiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118155677
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 630,274
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David T. Conley is professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Oregon; founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon; and founder and CEO of the Educational Policy Improvement Center in Eugene, Oregon. For more information, go to or

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Author xv

Introduction 1

Should and Can Today's High Schools Prepare All Students forCollege and Careers?

College Ready and Work Ready: One and the Same?

The New Challenge

What We Mean by "Ready for College and Careers"

Part One: Redefining College and Career Readiness

1 The Four Key Dimensions of College and Career Readiness19

General Elements of a More Comprehensive Defi nition of Collegeand Career Readiness

Current Means to Determine College and Career Readiness

An Examination of the Four Dimensions of College and CareerReadiness

Differences Between High School and College Courses

Operational Examples of College Readiness

2 Ways to Develop Key Cognitive Strategies and Key ContentKnowledge 53

Focusing on the "Big Ideas"

Aligning Courses and Expectations Between High School andCollege

Formative Assessment for College Readiness

3 Ways to Develop Self-Management Skills and "CollegeKnowledge" 72

Elements of Self-Management "College Knowledge"—ContextualSkills and Awareness

4 Key Principles of College and Career Readiness 104

Principle 1: Create and Maintain a College-Going Culture in theSchool

Principle 2: Create a Core Academic Program Aligned with andLeading to College Readiness by the End of Twelfth Grade

Principle 3: Teach Key Self-Management Skills and AcademicBehaviors and Expect Students to Use Them

Principle 4: Make College and Careers Real by Helping StudentsManage the Complexity of Preparing for and Applying toPostsecondary Education

Principle 5: Create Assignments and Grading Policies That MoreClosely Approximate College Expectations Each Successive Year ofHigh School

Principle 6: Make the Senior Year Meaningful and AppropriatelyChallenging

Principle 7: Build Partnerships with and Connections toPostsecondary Programs and Institutions

5 Case Studies of Schools That Succeed 133

Alternative School: University Park Campus School, Worcester,Massachusetts

Magnet School: Fenway High School, Boston, Massachusetts

Comprehensive High School: Cherry Creek High School, GreenwoodVillage, Colorado

Charter School: Minnesota New Country School, Henderson,Minnesota

Early College High School: Manhattan Hunter Science High School,New York, New York

Comprehensive High School: Garland High School, Garland,Texas

Magnet School: Polytech High School, Woodside, Delaware

Private School: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Chicago,Illinois

6 Putting It All Together 176

Develop a Profi le of the School's College ReadinessCapacity

Identify Outcome Measures of Success

Assess the District Capacity to Support Improvements

Institute Specific Programs to Address the Four Dimensions ofCollege and Career Readiness

Institute Professional Development to Support CollegeReadiness

Recognize the Importance of Culture and Change Culture

Gauge the Progress of Changes in the High School

What Are the Eff ects on Student Performance in College?

Part Two: Steps on the Road to Readiness

7 Steps High Schools Are Taking to Make More Students Collegeand Career Ready 205

Small Schools and High School Conversions

Career Academies

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs

Early College High Schools

Dual Credit

Learning from the New Models

8 Steps States Are Taking to Make More Students College andCareer Ready 219

State Actions to Date

Examples of State Actions

State College Readiness Standards: The Example of Texas

Clear Messages States Can Send to the Secondary System

Clear Messages States Can Send to Th eir PostsecondarySystems

Concluding Observations

Afterword 265

Appendix A: Two Examples of Tasks Th at Develop and Assess KeyCognitive Strategies 269

Appendix B: Example Items from the School Diagnostic 303

Appendix C: Resource List 307

Index 311

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