Increase in college readiness linked to more math, English classes

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — As students head back to school educators are raising awareness about the importance of college readiness starting at a young age.

Joining us in the KXAN studio is Associate Vice President for enrollment at ACC Dr. Melissa Curtis, and college readiness coordinator at AISD Lara Gueguen.

E3 Alliance data has shown that college readiness has steadily increased since 2006 for both math and English Language Arts. Additionally, the percent of high school graduates who are ready in both subject areas has increased from 44 percent to 62 percent.

ACC has been developing innovative approaches to ensure that students are college and career ready.

“We are starting what is called Guided Pathways to support students in their educational and career paths,” said Dr. Curtis. “It is very important that incoming high school students consider their career pathway, so we are working with high schools to make sure that pipeline is aligned with college expectations.”

Guegen said Austin ISD is encouraging parents to think about college and career readiness as early as Pre-K.

“In fact, we just rolled out a career exploration curriculum called ‘When I Grow Up’ for Pre-K through 5th grade,” said Gueguen. “This is a collaboration between E3 Alliance/AISD/Workforce Solutions and Region 13. This curriculum was developed in the Texas Gulf Region and we adapted for our school district.”

 

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