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They Can Pass, but Are They College Ready? Using Longitudinal Data To Identify College and Career Readiness Benchmarks on State Assessments

Abstract

"As educators and state policymakers consider the importance of preparing students for college and skilled careers, they should be identifying whether students are on track to college and career readiness, starting in the early grades. States with longitudinal data systems can do this identification in the upper grades by directly matching state test scores to scores on the SAT, ACT and college placement exams that are used to determine whether students need remediation. This matching requires the use of a statewide longitudinal data system that can match state test, SAT, ACT and higher education records for the same students. The state then should extrapolate these benchmarks down into the lower grades."

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