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Assessing College Readiness

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The best assessment of college readiness should include both a measure of thinking skills with a measure of their disposition toward using thinking as a preferred means of problem solving.  Students must be both able and willing to apply their critical thinking skills in decision making and problem solving

High Schools -- independent, charter, public and private -- are gathering solid evidence of their students’ critical thinking and mathematical reasoning ability using Insight Assessment instruments tailored for the high school student population. High schools frequently use  EDUCATE INSIGHT Reasoning Skills Grades 9-12   paired with  EDUCATE INSIGHT Thinking Mindset Grades 6-12.

Community Colleges use the Test of Everyday Reasoning (TER) and the California Measure of Mental Motivation, Level III to gather vital data on the critical thinking skills and dispositions of incoming students to tailor student success services.  The two part College Student Success (CSS) is also used to evaluate the transfer readiness of students preparing to apply to obtain a clear profile of the potential transfer student’s reasoning skill set, motivation to learn, drive to succeed and much more. 

Valid, reliable and objective reliable entry and/or exit data provides valuable input for admissions, placement and individual student advising for college preparation.   Assessment data can be used to identify which students would most benefit from focused training in reasoning and decision making and to predict successful college admission or the licensure of trade candidates. Other uses include validating the effectiveness of subjective competency-based teaching approaches and guiding curriculum innovations to respond to group strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking.

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