College Readiness Indicators Released

January 18, 2017 08:30 AM
Students in the classroom.

According to the Postsecondary Readiness Report released by the state, 73% of students who graduated from the Cedar Rapids Community School District enrolled in college within one year of graduation and of those 76% were prepared for college-level courses in the key content areas of English and mathematics. Statewide data shows that 71% of Iowa high school graduates enrolled in college within a year and 77% were prepared for college-level English and mathematics courses.

“These findings show the majority of District students are college- and career-ready when they leave our high schools,” said Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent. “But we still must close gaps in achievement, as measured by the need for remedial coursework, among all students. Rates of postsecondary enrollment and the need for remedial coursework differ by income and race/ethnicity, among other factors. We are committed to addressing ways to better prepare all of our students for success after they graduate high school.”  

The Postsecondary Readiness Reports represent the first time the state has provided comprehensive information about student postsecondary enrollment and preparedness that can be connected to every public high school in Iowa. The web-based tool provides information on enrollment in colleges and universities, remedial course-taking rates in key content areas of reading and mathematics, and postsecondary retention and completion rates for students who graduated from public high schools in Iowa. These rates are available statewide and by Iowa high school. The Iowa data shows three-year averages of high school graduate cohorts (2011-12 to 2013-14).

“Students who take remedial courses in college are required to pay for these classes, but they don’t’ receive credit in return for completing them,” Dr. Buck added. “This report provides us with valuable data that can be used to address areas for improvement in preparing our students for success in college and career training. Additionally, the information can help empower parents to make decisions that are best for their children, whether that means additional tutoring or alternative course loads.”

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance added, “Iowa needs all of today’s high school graduates to be genuinely ready for college or career training so they can succeed in a knowledge-based, technology-driven economy.  That will open up great opportunities in their personal and professional lives, and will help close the skills gap that employers tell us about when we travel the state.”

The Postsecondary Readiness Report is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development and the Board of Regents. The report will be updated each year in the spring.

The Postsecondary Readiness Report is here.  
Link to Frequently Asked Questions is here

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