College Readiness Indicator

downloadResearchers  from Stanford, Brown and the University of Chicago have developed a series of resources for districts to help high school students prepare for the challenges the will face when attending university – to build the critical attitudes, aptitudes and skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond.  The tools are free and online. Read more here.

Each tool is customizable to a given district and contains detailed information, questions and considerations. The six tools are:

  • Beyond College Eligibility: A New Framework for Promoting College Readiness, including a dynamic, web-based representation that complements the Framework
  • Menu of College Readiness Indicators and Supports
  • Selecting Effective Indicators
  • A Technical Guide to College Readiness Indicators
  • District Self-Assessment Tool
  • Essential Elements in Implementation

Great resource!

Flipped Classrooms Growing!

According to this Education Dive post, a survey late last year found that half of university faculty members either have deployed or plan to implement in the next year the flipped classroom model (lecture is assigned as homework, homework is done in class). According to the survey, flipped classrooms provide:

  • A better learning experience for students, greater access to supporting technologies, and positive results from initial trials were listed as the main reasons faculty adopted the model;
  • Among respondents who have already flipped a class, 57 percent said it was extremely successful or successful;
  • Among respondents who called their flipped classroom successful or extremely successful, “improved mastery of information” and “improved retention of information” were cited as key benefits at rates of 81 and 80 percent, respectively;
  • Seventy-five percent of respondents said that a flipped classroom takes more time to prepare for than a traditional class;
  • Eighty-three percent of faculty members interviewed said that the model has positively affected their attitude about teaching and 86 percent said it had improved their students’ attitudes;
  • The greatest advantages of the flipped classroom reported by faculty were more activity, discussion or collaboration in class, the ability to adjust instruction for specific students, and improved student performance or grades;
  • Sixty-nine percent of responding faculty members said the ideal size for a flipped classroom is between 11 and 30 students; and
  • Fifty-one percent of respondents said they record their own videos for their flipped classrooms.

It seems to me this is good proof that it is a much better learning experience than traditional/conventional classes!

SAT & Student Success (IHE)

The largest study of students at colleges that do not require SAT or ACT scores has found that there is “virtually no difference” in the academic performance (measured in grades or graduation rates) of those who do and don’t submit scores. High school GPA seems to matter more!

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