According to the Educational Policy Improvement Center, college readiness means that a student can enter a college classroom, without remediation, and successfully complete entry-level college requirements. Students that are enrolled in remediation courses in their first year of college have only a 17-39% graduation rate (College Board 2004). In order for a student to be considered college ready there are skills, content knowledge and behaviors that must be acquired before leaving high school. The core areas of college readiness are:
The Center for College Readiness provides students, teachers, and administrators with the training and access to resources needed to create and facilitate college ready classrooms, campuses, and districts.
"Performing well on an AP Exam means more than just accomplishing college-level work; it is a pathway to success in college. Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than otherwise comparable non-AP peers."
See: Chrys Dougherty, Lynn Mellor, and Shuling Jian, "The Relationship Between Advanced Placement and College Graduation" (2005), National Center for Educational Accountability; and Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, "College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences" (2008), The College Board.