Long Island School Districts have historically been and continue to be highly successful institutions of learning. We have some of the highest graduation rates in the country and inspire some of the smartest minds around. So when we seek to define “College and Career Ready”, let’s use indicators that are researched-based and have been shown to be true indicators of success.  The work done by colleagues at AASA, under the title “Redefining Ready”, presents a matrix which clearly outlines those indicators.  They are:


Academic Indicators

  • 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 post-secondary institution)



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


Better yet, every school district in New York State can immediately apply these indicators without additional expense.

The work is well documented and researched.

Logical. Reasonable. Well researched. Easily implemented.

Our colleagues from around the country are on-board. Join me in the conversation. Let’s take back our education systems using indicators that make sense.