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Redefining Ready in WI – Creating Relevance with E4E and ACP

ROOM: Ballroom A

Process Delivery and Infrastructure

Laura Schmidt, Strategic Advisor to the Superintendent, New Berlin SD; Michael Fesenmaier, Principal, New Berlin West Middle/High School

America’s schools have a profound responsibility to ensure that our nation’s 14 million high school students are college ready, career ready and life ready. Standardized test scores – traditionally used as the primary readiness indicator – do not always provide an accurate representation of our students’ potential. According to US News and World Report, out of 2.1 million test takers, only 38 percent of the 2016 graduating class across the United States met three of the four college readiness benchmarks on the ACT exam. Like the global economy, today’s students are driven by ideas and innovations. Students are being asked to learn differently than they have in the past. College and career readiness indicators must also reflect the desired changes in the 21st century educational landscape. Educators are charged with identifying and developing the unique talents of each of our students. We can’t prepare them, nor should we measure their progress, in exactly the same way. We are committed to designing programming to allow all students the opportunity to identify and apply their unique knowledge, skills and abilities throughout their K12 education. Consequently, students should be allowed to demonstrate readiness in a variety of ways. This session is best attended by building and district leaders and teams who would like to advance an expanded view of College and Career Readiness in their district along with research based metrics to demonstrate progress on a broader scale. We will cover the following key topics: 1). Overview of AASA Redefining Ready! Campaign 2). Redefining Ready! in Wisconsin 3). Creating relevance for your E4E/ACP plan 4). Case Studies from WI School Districts.