Not satisfied with solely increasing high school graduation rates, more districts and states are emphasizing the content and quality of high school students’ educational experiences, as well as their performance on academic assessments and enrollment in college after high school graduation. For example, Chicago Public Schools has begun including measures of college readiness on schools’ and students’ report cards. The metrics fall into three broad categories:
- Student Progress toward College Readiness: ACT scores, as well as scores from ACT’s EXPLORE and PLAN tests.
- College Eligibility: The combination of ACT scores and GPA seniors must achieve in order to be eligible for enrollment for a selective or highly selective college.
- College Enrollment: The percentage of seniors who enroll in a two- or four-year college the fall after high school graduation.