College Readiness School Assessment

Formative Assessment and Planning Process for College Readiness

student diversityHow does a high school know if is preparing all of its students for success in college? The ISA College Readiness School Assessment helps a high school to find out the ways in which it is effectively preparing all students to be college ready and the areas in which it needs further development if all of its students are to become college ready by the time they graduate.

The ISA College Readiness Assessment provides data from multiple perspectives on the school’s implementation of ISA’s 7 research-based principles that together create a college going culture.  The data from ISA College Readiness Assessment report provides a picture of the school as a college going culture and inform the decisions ISA and the District partner make to target improvement in the school.

ISA’s College Readiness School Assessment package includes five components:

The Online Student Survey

The online student survey provides the school with students’ perspectives on the degree to which a) their school has a college going culture, offers them personal support to achieve their goals, provides them and their families with information on and access to college, b) their teachers know them well, and c) their classes prepare them for success in college level work. The survey also provides information on students’ sense of self efficacy, confidence, and post-secondary education expectations and ambition. The survey provides a perspective across grades so that schools can see the where their strengths and weaknesses might be.

The School Self-Study

The school self-study provides the school with evidence on its implementation of a college going culture from the perspective of internal stakeholders: a team that includes school leaders, teachers, and counselors.  This team collaboratively gathers and analyzes evidence of the school’s implementation of the seven principles from multiple data sources including, statistics on college going, classroom visits, student work and corresponding teacher assignments, parent interviews, college access curriculum, an inventory of college readiness practices, and student performance indicators. An ISA assessment coach guides the school team through the self-study process. ISA provides the team with a set of tools for the self-study and analysis.

Visit By External Team

The visit by the external team of ISA Educators provides the school with evidence on its implementation of a college going culture from an outside perspective of critical friends that includes at least two ISA coaches and may include principals, teachers, and counselors from experienced ISA schools. The team, which is led by an ISA coach, collaboratively analyzes evidence of the implementation of the seven principles, using the same data sources used in the school’s self-study including, statistics on college going, classroom visits, college access curriculum, an inventory of college readiness practices, and student performance indicators.

Report to the School

The school receives a report on the student survey produced by National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, & Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University, ISA’s strategic partner for over 10 years and a report on the External Visit from the ISA facilitating coach. The school produces a report on its self-study. These documents are used by ISA and the school to inform plans for the school’s improvement.

An ISA School Coach

An ISA school coach will facilitate and support the school team through the self-study process,.  Partners will have up to five days of onsite support from a  school coach, and a sixth day of onsite support during the external review process.