Seven Steps to College Readiness

Read at advanced levels in Grades K-2

Reading is fundamental to communication and to all learning that follows. During the process of learning to read in the early grades, students read and comprehend different levels of text that vary in their degree of difficulty.

Score "advanced" in reading on the Measurement of Student Progress in Grade 4

Students who score advanced on this state test demonstrate more complex reading, thinking, writing, and creative problem-solving skills. They also are better able to apply what they have learned to new situations.

Score advanced in Math on the Measurement of Student Progress in Grade 4

Students who perform at advanced levels on the Math MSP are better prepared for higher level Math courses at the middle and high school level.

Complete Algebra 1 by Grade 8 or 9 with a “C” or higher

Algebra is a gateway to later achievement: Students who successfully complete it by the end of Grade 8 or 9 are more likely to have future academic success, particularly in math and sciences and on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Students who earn a “C” or higher have a solid understanding of the fundamentals and will be able to solve more complex problems when they take Algebra 2.

Algebra 2 by Grade 11, 'C' or higher

Students who complete Algebra 2 by the end of Grade 11 with a “C” or higher are better prepared for college entrance exams and success in college. These students are more likely to perform better on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams and are less likely to have to take remedial math courses in college. Students who complete Algebra 2 also are more than twice as likely to graduate from college than are students with less mathematical preparation.

3 on an AP exam

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses taken in high school. Students who take AP classes investigate subjects in greater depth than they would in other classes, and they are encouraged to explore the world from a wide variety of perspectives. It is important for students to take the exams that are offered at the end of these courses. Students who score a 3 or higher (on a scale of 1–5) on the AP may earn advanced standing in college or college credit.

Score 1550 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT

Scoring at least 1550 on the SAT entrance exam (maximum score 2400) or 22 on the ACT exam (maximum score 36) helps students gain acceptance to the colleges of their choice.