Defining D86 High School Readiness

  • Why Define High School Readiness?

    Hinsdale Township High School District 86 is keenly aware of the academic benchmarks required for our graduates to enter into credit bearing college courses and meet with success once there. Of equal importance are the behavior patterns and skills in the areas of digital media literacy, executive functioning, social emotional, wellness and resiliency that translate into their success and well-being in college, career, and life. These competencies and philosophical frameworks are powerful indicators of future goal attainment and personal satisfaction.

    The document and infographic that follow this webpage were created to focus our attention on what the current research tells us to concentrate on as we labor to help our students reach their idealized future. Of the myriad of factors we can attend to and spend resources on, we should be working on what matters most to the future outcomes of students. Linking to the "Redefining Ready" group’s College and Career Readiness Indicators, this high school readiness document forms a continuum that aspires to be a useful tool for educators in pre-ninth grade settings to fine tune the approach to their learners while simultaneously supporting a more targeted approach to student learning for educators in high school. In the spirit of partnership, we present this framework in hopes of collaborating on our universal mission of best serving the learners we share responsibility for. 

    Clarifying Our Vision

    Below to the right, you will find a link to the "Redefining Ready" site, which identifies the National College and Career Readiness Indicators that D86 is striving to accomplish with our students. These indicators were used by the Illinois State Board of Education to create the state's Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) plan, which includes the goal of having ninety percent or more of students graduate from high school ready for college and career. A link to that document is shared below, as well. Both "Redefining Ready" and the Illinois ESSA Plan use an ACT score of 22 on Reading and 22 on Math as indicators of college readiness. 

    As a result, D86 used Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) RIT scores linked by the organization to these ACT scores. NWEA, the educational research company who produces the MAP assessment, “provides functionally equivalent back-mapped benchmarks on MAP Growth mathematics and reading scales . . . which can be compared side-by-side with the ACT College and Career Readiness benchmarks." Below you can find several articles from professional journals examining this high school readiness concept, which District 86 is committed to. 

    Statements Related to Updating D86 High School Readiness Indicators

    These documents below are updated from those shared with the Board of Education and public at the October 16, 2017, Regular Action Meeting. After continued collaboration with our sender school Superintendents and our NWEA Senior Account Manager, Melissa Henshaw, the academic indicators have been updated to reflect a college readiness range of MAP Growth scores and their accompanying Lexile scores. NWEA researchers partnered with Gower Superintendent, Dr. Victor Simon, to release additional data that supported the use of a range of college readiness. The Range of Readiness model and accompanying tables used in our updated document are available in "Range of Readiness Model. Superintendent Report Appendix A." (V. Simon. April 17, 2018. Linked here). While the national Redefining Ready Council and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) continue to identify only one college readiness target score in ACT Reading and Math for graduating seniors, we recognize that a range of readiness is both helpful and reasonable for our students, families, and sender school partners to use as we seek to provide clear, actionable information as students and educators prepare for the high school transition. 

    It is important to note that NWEA research uses MAP Growth Reading and Math RIT scores to predict to ACT subject scores in Reading and Math extends through grade 12. On a practical basis, however, and for ESSA accountability purposes, District 86 and ISBE use the college entrance exam scores from the spring of junior year to gauge the percentage of students in our district who are deemed college ready. Likewise, most students use those junior-year spring scores to apply to college. A small percentage of students submit retake scores from their fall senior year when applying to college. That said, students with scores below the two ACT targets are still able to gain admittance to college settings. The power of this new range of readiness model provides students at all grade and performance levels with the opportunity to connect their current scores to their future aspirations.  

    Our collaboration regarding the use of MAP Growth scores to inform programmatic, as well as classroom instructional decisions, will continue in August when NWEA will host administrative team training for D86 and its sender schools on August 7, 2018. Teacher Professional Learning sessions will take place over the next two days on the following topics: Student Goal Setting, Applying Reports for Teachers, Informing Instruction: Differentiation,  and Informing Instruction: Learning Ladders. We are excited for these events, which will further enhance our collaborative ties with our counterparts at our sender districts, from Superintendents and Principals to Department Chairs, teachers and interventionists.

    In closing, we are indebted to this group of district leaders and NWEA partners. The conversations have been rich and fruitful as we labored together with the shared goal of best serving all of our K-12 students and their families.

    Sharing Our Vision

    D86 Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Law, discussed our vision of creating high school readiness standards with the sender superintendents. In preparation of making these indicators public, the additional meetings took place, followed by presentations, as shown below:

    • October 5, 2017, Sender School Feedback Meeting on Draft of High School Readiness Indicators
    • October 16, 2017, Public Presentation to D86 Board of Education
    • October 19, 2017, Sender School High School Readiness Standards Summit with D86 and Sender Boards and Superintendents
    • January 24, 2018, Strategic Plan Data Session - Review of Sender School MAP Growth Performance as Compared to D86 Readiness Targets
    • February 6 and 12, 2018, Community Engagement Sessions - Review of Sender School MAP Growth Performance as Compared to D86 Readiness Targets(Due to inadvertent data errors and misstatements in the February presentations, a document with corrections and clarifications was created. Below on the left, you will find that document.)
    • April 16, 2018, Sender School and D86 Collaboration Meeting with NWEA MAP Growth Account Manager, Melissa Henshaw
    • May 7, 2018, Updated Document and Infographic shared publicly at Committee of the Whole Board of Education Meeting