Monday, April 16, 2007

A Future Envisioned by Improving College & Workforce Readiness & Success for All Students


Bright and early Monday morning, I attended this session presented by Ernest Valdez with ACT.

According to research, the level of skills needed for workforce readiness is statistically related and comparable to college readiness skills. Worforce readiness jobs are defined as those requiring a high school diploma, has room for advancement, annual income starting at $39,000 and support a 4 person family.


  • # of skilled jobs have increased
  • # of unskilled jobs have decreased
  • U.S. ranks 9th in high school degrees
  • U.S. ranks 7th in college degrees
  • U.S. ranks 16th in high school graduation rate
  • U.S. ranks below average in PISA math and science
  • one out of every two U.S. college freshman need remediation in English and/or Math


  • Readiness levels for students preparing for college and workforce training programs are comparable.
  • All students should be educated to a common expectation that prepares them for college and workforce training programs.
  • All high school graduates should be guaranteed the opportunity to become ready for college and work.

In conclusion, educating all students to the same standard is essential and we as citizens have an economic vested interest in ALL of our students and future tax payers.


Anonymous said...


I have a middle school student that will be going into HS next year.
Will the schools release the universities and percentages to which the Charles County HS graduates attend? If so, who would I talk to at the school or the Board of Education?
I would like to have my child get the best education and have the best chance in getting into a top four year school.

Jennifer Abell said...

I think you are asking for the statistics on how many graduates for a particular year move on to a 4-year college, 2-year college, etc.? If this is the case, I know it is provided at the end of the year as a part of the graduation ceremony program. I also know that each schools guidance office would have the information you are requesting. I'm uncertain ( I can assume, but would rather not do that) who would hold the records in centrak office but I can check into it if you would like. However, I would need clarification on the exact information you are requesting.