College Ready: High School Planning, College Research and College Resources
ACT defines college readiness as the acquisition of the knowledge and skills a student needs to enroll and succeed in credit-bearing, first year courses at a post-secondary institution (such as a two-year, four-year, trade school, or technical school) without the need for remediation.
ACT's definition of college readiness was adopted by the Common Core State Standards Initiative and provides a unifying goal upon which educators and policymakers must now act.
Students who meet ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks are:
substantially more likely to enroll in college
less likely to need remediation
more likely to achieve a grade of B or higher in specific college courses
more likely to re-enroll in the same postsecondary institution their second year
more likely to persist to degree completion
College Readiness Standards
Help to interpret what the scores earned in EXPLORE, PLAN and the ACT mean
Identify the knowledge and skills students are likely to demonstrate at various score levels on each academic test
Serve as a direct link between what students have learned and what they are ready to learn next