Statewide College and Career Readiness Program
Official Title: Statewide College and Career Readiness Program
- Funding History
The Statewide College and Career Readiness Program supports high school students in building academic skills necessary for workforce and college success. It aims to reduce the need for remedial coursework for students entering community colleges. State leaders created this line item in 2014, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) collaborates with the non-profit JFY NetWorks to administer the program.
JFY NetWorks is an established non-profit that provides technical assistance and coaching to teachers within public schools to deliver this college and career prep program. Students participate in classroom instruction based on strengths and weaknesses identified by online assessments. According to JFY NetWorks, in the 2014-2015 academic year, this program worked with 12 high schools and 2,500 students. Participating high schools generally are predominantly urban schools with large populations of low-income students.
JFY NetWorks staff develops the curriculum and administers online tests, while traditional school staff delivers instruction and supervises students on a computer-based curriculum. Diagnostic test results are used to create customized learning plans to prepare students for the Accuplacer College Placement test, a tool used by colleges and universities across the country to determine an appropriate plan of course work for incoming students.
Success on the Accuplacer test can help prevent students from entering remedial course work in community colleges. This type of progress can increase student’s chances of success in higher education. In 2014, the Department of Higher Education reported that 65 percent of students entering community colleges place into remedial math courses. Data from 2010 suggests that only 20 percent of students in remedial math proceed to regular courses.
JFY NetWorks reports results from its programs to the state’s 15 community colleges. Passing scores on the Accuplacer exam help students proceed to non-remedial coursework in community college that allows them to earn credits towards a college degree. This program can support a maximum of 7,500 students and 75 high schools, 5 each for the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts.
Updated January 2016
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