Students often assume that because they are taking recommended classes and moving successfully toward graduation that they are on track to gain admission to and succeed in whatever post-secondary setting they choose. However, for many young people admissions and placement testing are rude awakenings. Establishing partnerships that support administration and funding of pre-testing opportunities provides students with valuable information about their readiness levels and allows them to set improvement goals before the testing becomes high stakes.

Stop and Think:

Do your students understand the differences among standardized tests for high school graduation, college admissions tests, and placement tests? How could you help them understand these distinctions and access available resources?