SE MN Redefining Ready Cohort
SSC has been coordinating the SE MN Redefining Ready program since August of 2021. Currently, thirteen member districts are participating in the program. Redefining Ready (RR) is a national initiative launched by AASA (The School Superintendents Association) introducing new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess students being college, career, and life ready. The RR readiness indicators (which include AP courses, Algebra II, early college credits, industry credentials, attendance, community service, and more) more accurately reflect the educational landscape of the 21st century.
The cohort training sessions have been facilitated by Dr. Marcia Waldron-Kuhn, Director of College, Career and Life Readiness at CESA 7 and Jeff Dickert, former Executive Director of CESA 7. Districts interested in participating in this program must commit to the responsibilities outlined below:
District Responsibilities as a Cohort Member
Districts interested in participating in the SE MN Redefining Ready Cohort 2 must commit to the following:
- Actively participate in a two-year Redefining Ready cohort and provide payment of the introductory program rate of $1,800.00
- Support a team of individuals who serve in a district leadership role to participate in a total of 6 cohort training sessions throughout the two year timeframe
- Develop a pilot scorecard illustrating district progress related to the Redefining Ready College and Career Indicators to be completed by the end of the first year of the cohort experience
- Develop and launch a public scorecard illustrating district progress related to the Redefining Ready College and Career Indicators to be completed and shared with community members, local businesses and industries, families, students and other stakeholders by the end of the second year of the cohort experience
- Carry out actions outlined in the month by month calendar of action determined at Cohort meetings. These actions would include but not be limited to: 1) defining, accurately tracking and reporting of district metrics based on the Redefining Ready indicators in alignment with the district strategic plan, 2) education of and ongoing communications with staff, community, local businesses, families and students on the importance of tracking and meeting these indicators to support student success, 3) providing resources to support the work including financial and district leadership buy in, and 4) learning about and implementing ways to utilize the data to improve student experience and success.
- Provide district or third party resources to provide capacity and resources needed for development of scorecard annually on July 31
- Following public launch of scorecard, publish annually on district website
If your district is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Kari Kubicek at SSC.
More information about Redefining Ready
Redefining Ready is a national campaign launched by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, to introduce a new multi-metric, research based approach to determining what it means to be college ready, career ready, and life ready. This campaign is designed to change the national narrative regarding public education from a one-standardized-test judges all (students, teachers, parents, and communities) philosophy to a focus on readiness for our students.
Our teachers and school leaders provide students with rigorous academic programs, personalized and career-specific learning experiences, along with social and emotional skills that prepare them to be global citizens in an ever-changing world. Students learn in a variety of ways. Therefore, they should be able to demonstrate readiness in a variety of ways.
The new readiness indicators, developed from research by world-class organizations, more accurately reflect the educational landscape of the 21st century. Multiple metrics include Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, Algebra II, early college credits, industry credentials, attendance, and community service, among others.
College Ready Indicators
Students are College Ready if they meet either the academic indicators OR standardized testing benchmarks listed below.
GPA 2.8 out of 4.0 and one or more of the following academic indicators:
◼ Advanced Placement Exam (3+)
◼ Advanced Placement Course (A, B or C)
◼ Dual Credit College English and/or Math (A, B or C)
◼ College Developmental/Remedial English and/or Math (A, B or C)
◼ Algebra II (A, B or C)
◼ International Baccalaureate Exam (4+)
Standardized Testing Benchmarks (minimum score)
◼ SAT Exam: Math (530) | Reading and Writing (480)
◼ ACT Exam: English (18) | Reading (22) | Science (23) | Math (22)
◼ College Readiness Placement Assessment (determined by PS institution)
Additional Factors that Contribute to College Success
Earning As, Bs, Cs; FAFSA completion; enrollment in career pathway course sequence; college academic advising; participation in college bound bridge programs; senior year math class; completion of a math class after Algebra II.
Career Ready Indicators
Students are Career Ready if they have identified a career interest and meet two of the behavioral and experiential benchmarks listed below. In addition, students entering the military upon graduation must meet the passing scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) for each branch of the military.
Career Cluster Identified and two or more of the following benchmarks:
◼ 90% Attendance
◼ 25 hours of Community Service
◼ Workplace Learning Experience
◼ Industry Credential
◼ Dual Credit Career Pathway Course
◼ Two or more organized Co-Curricular Activities
Wisconsin Redefining Ready PPT
Baldwin School District, NY, Redefining Ready PPT
Redefining Ready Presentation Slides 051921
Participating SE MN Districts