College & Career Readiness

Starting in October 2008, a team of 18 people from area high schools, KCC and other higher education organizations have been working to ensure that more local high school graduates are ready for college-level course work. All 23 high schools in the KCC district were invited to participate. The program includes

  • KnowHow2Go campaign - outreach for incoming high school freshmen and parents
  • ACT COMPASS testing - college placement testing for high school juniors, prior to development of their senior year schedule
  • Curriculum alignment - high school and college English and math faculty meet to align learning outcomes and assessment
  • Mathematics curriculum - moving toward a required four years of high school math credit
  • Mathematics instructional support - a self-paced intervention program for students with deficiencies
  • Summer Bridge Program - instruction and tutored study sessions to address reading, writing and math deficiencies. As a result, CCR high school principals have developed a credit-recovery course consortium to implement an online program. 

Beginning in September 2009, KCC received $71,000 each year to serve as a pilot program for the College and Career Readiness Act, Public Act 095-0694, passed by the state in 2007. Funds are awarded by the Illinois Community College Board.

In July of 2012, Public Act 097-0704 passed, requiring the Illinois State Board of Education to acquire, adapt, and/or develop math curriculum models for middle and high schools by March 1, 2013. This public act will soon require four years of math in high schools in Illinois.

Highlighted below are some of the College & Career Readiness program results. For details, review the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Program Summary reports.

High school juniors taking COMPASS test graphResults - participation

Students took the ACT COMPASS placement test in their junior year, before their senior year schedules were finalized.

Since 2009, high school student participation in ACT COMPASS testing and redemption of  KCC course waivers has increased.

Results - college readiness

The percent of area College & Career Readiness participants who tested into college-level courses has increased since 2009.

Performance Indicator Performance Overall trend change 2009-2013
FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011  FY 2012 FY 2013
Readiness: % area high school graduates enrolled directly into any college-level course in the fall term following spring graduation without developmental coursework 7.1% 6.4% 7.6% 12.6% 13.6% 6.5%
KCC Math Readiness: % area high school graduates enrolled directly into any college-level Math course without developmental coursework in the fall term following spring graduation (based on ACT COMPASS and ACT scores) 18.2% 12.5% 8.8% 15.6% 21.8% 3.6%
CCR Math Readiness: % of area high school juniors in the College & Career Readiness Initiative with scores indicating readiness to enroll in any college–level Math course without developmental coursework (based on ACT COMPASS scores only) 7.0% 7.7% 13.7% 14.3% 15.2% 8.2%
KCC English Readiness: % area high school graduates enrolled directly into any college transfer level English course without developmental coursework in the fall term following spring graduation (based on ACT COMPASS and ACT scores) 53.1% 46.5% 51.8% 47.6% 58.1% 5.0%
CCR English Readiness: % of area high school juniors in the College & Career Readiness Initiative with scores indicating readiness to enroll in any college transfer level English course without developmental coursework (based on ACT COMPASS scores only) 37.9% 39.6% 37.9% 39.4% 49.1% 11.2%
KCC Reading Readiness: % area high school graduates with Reading scores eligible to enroll in any college level course without developmental coursework in the fall term following spring graduation (based on ACT COMPASS and ACT scores) 54.9% 51.7% 54.7% 63.7% 59.6% 4.7%
CCR Reading Readiness: % of area high school juniors in the College & Career Readiness Initiative with Reading scores indicating readiness to enroll in any college level course without developmental coursework (based on ACT COMPASS scores only) 48.7% 59.2% 55.3% 54.9% 55.7% 7.0%