Infographic | Every Student Deserves a Champion

By Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse

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Download the Full Paper and learn more about the College Readiness Initiative here.

Even though high school graduation rates continue to steadily increase, research shows that college readiness and enrollment are on the decline nationally. When students leave high school unprepared for the next steps, it is increasingly difficult to close the opportunity gap.

Our latest infographic, Every Student Deserves a Champion for College, Career and Life Readiness, juxtaposes the current state of college ready transcripts and college enrollment rates with evidence that personalized guidance programming has the power to combat and reverse current trends.

The infographic outlines national data and best practices, while highlighting the success of one program in particular: the Career Guidance Washington (CGW) program. CGW, a part of College Spark Washington’s College Readiness Initiative, takes a personalized and student-centered approach to guidance and readiness.

Career Guidance Washington was implemented in 19 low-income schools across Washington State and after an eight-year grant period has shown increased graduation rates, college-ready transcripts and college enrollment rates. Through the CGW program, students are supported with personalized design components and student-centered targets. Design components include aspects such as personalized advisory; personalized learning plans and student-led conferences; and student-centered targets that focus on academic eligibility, financial literacy, social-emotional learning, self-awareness and preparation for college and career.

This infographic is published in conjunction with our latest paper, An Integrated Approach to College, Career & Life Readiness, as the first in a two-part series of papers focused on student readiness.


Click here to learn more about the College Readiness Initiative and to download the full paper

This publication is the first in a two-part part series produced in partnership with College Spark Washington (@CollegeSparkWA). Join the conversation on Twitter using #CollegeReady or #RedefiningReady. To learn more about integrating readiness, see:

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1 Comment

John Misustin

These are terrific, thank you. As an Assistant Principal of Guidance I appreciate these for my students. I love the shift we are making towards synergistic and simultaneous college and career readiness as opposed to separate.

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