Staying on Track for College Readiness

Supporting students’ readiness for college-level work and the workforce is a high priority shared from coast to coast. REL Northwest, together with REL Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI), hosted a two-part webinar featuring nationally known researchers and practitioners speaking on this national priority. REL-NEI hosted the first webinar, which focused on standards-based grading.

The second webinar in the series, Staying On Track for College Readiness focused on how practitioners and policymakers can make effective use of college readiness indicators. Hosted by REL Northwest, this event provided participants with an overview of college indicator research and implementation across the country, such as the College Readiness Indicator Systems (CRIS) network.

Jenny Nagaoka, deputy director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR), discussed the development and implementation of the CRIS tool and shared insights from her work with the CCSR’s On-Track Indicator, which is a predictor of high school graduation. Dr. Susan Fairchild, the director of Program Analysis and Applied Research for New Visions for Public Schools, discussed practices for educators and educational systems in using indicator tools grounded in a routine process for accessing and interpreting data. Fairchild demonstrated the New Visions Stock and Flow diagnostic tool, which is used to support macro-level school interventions.

The series was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. State and local education officials, district and school administrators, teachers, researchers, and state-level policymakers are encouraged to access these resources.