Manuelito Biag - Beyond Test Scores and Grades: Expanding the Notion of College Readiness

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
5pm reception, 5:30pm talk

CERAS Learning Hall

Although an increasing number of students are enrolling in postsecondary education, many are unprepared for the academic and behavioral demands of college. This is especially true among low-income students of color, immigrants, and first-generation students. Across the country, districts and schools are refining their strategies to ensure that all students have the competencies to enter, persist, and succeed in the right college for them.

Funded by the Gates Foundation, the College Readiness Indicator Systems (CRIS) initiative was designed to aid five urban sites across the country enhance their college-readiness efforts. The project was carried out by three partner organizations: the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. The goal of the CRIS initiative was to promote a more comprehensive and systematic approach to getting students ready for college by supporting not only their Academic Preparedness but also their College Knowledge and Academic Tenacity. This presentation will discuss the theoretical foundation and key elements of the CRIS project, and discuss lessons learned from the implementation process based on qualitative data collected over three years.

Speaker Bio:

Manuelito Biag is a Research Associate at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. He received his Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of California, Davis. Broadly, his research examines schools as context for children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. He is particularly interested in the links between young people’s health and academic trajectories. At the Gardner Center, Manuelito supports several research projects including those focused on full-service community schools and higher education.

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College Readiness Indicator Systems Framework

Many school systems already have in place “early warning systems” to keep their students on track to high school graduation. The College Readiness Indicator Systems (CRIS) framework looks beyond high school graduation and college eligibility, and seeks to promote a more systematic way to fostering college readiness that includes a range of appropriate indicators, supports linked to those indicators, a reliable data infrastructure, and the system-wide capacity to use data to inform interventions and strategies.