In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
was passed, which changed the way schools are
held accountable. One of the indicators the State
now measures when scoring school effectiveness is
how prepared a graduate is to enter college or
career. Students who meet certain requirements
are considered a "Ready Graduate".
What are the Requirements?
In order for a senior to be considered a
Ready Graduate, they must meet ONE of
the following criteria:
ACT Composite score of 21 or higher
4 Early Post Secondary Opportunities
2 EPSOs & an industry certification
2 EPSOs & a 31 on the ASVAB AFQT
(Military Entrance Exam)
What is an EPSO?
An Early Post Secondary Opportunity (or
EPSO) is a high school course or program
that allows a student to gain college credit
or industry certification. In order for an EPSO
to count, a student must take the applicable
exam. Types of EPSOs include:
Advanced Placement (AP)
Dual Enrollment (DE)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Career and Technical training
Statewide Dual Credit
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE
SURE YOUR STUDENT IS READY:
Review Course Offerings
at your child's school.
Discuss with your student their interests and
find courses that align with their career
aspirations. Make sure they are proactively
signing up for those classes and on track to
be a Ready Grad.
Take advantage of ACT
Don't wait until junior year to start
preparing for the ACT. Many schools offer
free tutoring, classes, and practice tests so
your student can be as prepared as
possible when it really starts to count.
Make sure your students
meet with their counselor.
Students should start discussing EPSO
options with their counselor by their
sophomore year in order to ensure they
are enrolled in the correct courses.