CCRS Newsletter – June 2013

Sign up for our newsletter on the Contact Us page. EPIC’s College and Career Readiness team congratulates all educators as you wind up another academic year. Below we share various resources to help you plan for the upcoming year, including a summer reading list that provides a good overview of recent research in the field…

College and Career Readiness Assessment: Validation of the Key Cognitive Strategies Framework

In this study, the authors examined the psychometric properties of the key cognitive strategies (KCS) within the CollegeCareerReady™ School Diagnostic [ed: now CampusReady], a self-report measure of critical thinking skills intended for high school students. Using a cross-validation approach, an exploratory factor analysis was conducted with a randomly selected portion of the sample (n =…

Student Aspirations, Background Characteristics and a Four-Part Model of College Readiness

This study analyzed what predicted students’ postsecondary aspirations in a sample of 5258 high school students. Variables explored were GPA, gender, race/ethnicity, FRPL eligibility, parent’s education, and student ratings on the importance and occurrence of behaviors associated with a model of college readiness. Race predicted four-year college and work aspirations for Latino students, and four-year…

College Aspirations and College Knowledge: Students’ Preparation for Post-Secondary Aspirations

This study analyzed the relationship between eleventh and twelfth grade students’ postsecondary aspirations and their preparation for achieving those aspirations in a sample of 8106 high school students. Eleventh and twelfth grade student responses to items on a survey measuring the Four-part Model of College and Career Readiness were analyzed to determine which items predict…

Linking Teacher Effectiveness with Instruction of Academic Behaviors Associated with College Readiness

College readiness and teacher effectiveness are two emerging areas within policy research, yet few studies have linked these concepts. In this study, we examined the psychometric properties of a measure of academic behaviors associated with college readiness intended for high school teachers. Follow-up hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to determine the effect of typical teacher…

Attribution of Responsibility of High Schools

This study explored the attribution of responsibility for teaching skills and strategies associated with college readiness in a sample of 847 teachers, 69, counselors, 53 administrators who completed the College Career Ready School Diagnostic [ed: now CampusReady] in the spring of 2011. We found that school staff most often attributed responsibility for teaching Key Learning…