Education Commission of the States has researched how states use college-readiness assessments to make the most of the 12th-grade year in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach specific 12th-grade transitions policies. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page.
- Although many states administer college and career readiness assessments, few states have identified college readiness cut scores on those assessments to add value to the 12th-grade year.
- Eleven states have set college readiness cut scores on statewide, mandatory college and career readiness assessments used to identify students in need of remediation or acceleration opportunities during the 12th-grade year.
- Several states are in the process of developing cut scores or are piloting intervention and remediation programs.
- Intervention must be offered a student not demonstrating college readiness
- Identified students must participate in college readiness interventions
- Student retested at end of grade-12 college readiness intervention
- Students may take developmental/remedial coursework through dual enrollment programs
State College-Readiness Definitions and Postsecondary Admissions/Placement
- College readiness benchmark reflected in state college-readiness definition
- College readiness benchmark used in admissions decisions to four-year institutions
- College readiness benchmark guarantees placement into credit-bearing coursework
- Blueprint for College Readiness
- Dual / Concurrent Enrollment Policies
- State Legislation on College Readiness
- Using assessments to inform 12th-grade interventions and accelerations
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
PUBLISHED: March 1, 2015
RESOURCE TYPE: 50-State Comparison