College Readiness

According to the Educational Policy Improvement Center, college readiness means that a student can enter a college classroom without remediation, and successfully complete entry-level college requirements. Students that are enrolled in remediation courses in their first year of college have only a 17-39% graduation rate. In order for a student to be considered college ready, there are skills, content knowledge, and behaviors that must be acquired before leaving high school. Without these requisite skills, students may struggle to excel in their classes, dropout, and ultimately earn less over their lifetimes than those with a degree.

Economic ROI

The US Department of Education reports that every year in the United States, nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies.  After enrolling, these students learn that they must take remedial courses in English or Mathematics, which do not earn college credits.

Remedial education is certainly costly. States spend tens of millions of dollars on remediation, and rough national estimates suggest that well over $1 billion a year is spent on these services. But it is the students that generally bear the most significant costs. They must not only pay for the classes, but also must delay their progress through college and entering the workforce.

DLA Proposed Solution

A comprehensive, computer-based learning platform will prepare students for college-level curriculum, including the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams, as well as college entrance exams like ACT and SAT.

When exam preparation is made fun, adaptive, and personalized, students are far more likely to be engaged and well prepared for the demands of AP and entrance exams.  The DLA-approved platform perfectly exemplifies a fun and exciting way to digitize learning, and make it enjoyable.

Demonstrated Outcomes

  • Implementation of solutions have been shown to improve AP test scores, indicating that more high school students are college-ready upon graduation.
  • In 2007, one Philadelphia school district produced only 37 passing scores in the entire school and no AP Scholars (granted to students who pass a total of three exams).  
  • By 2013, use of this recommended program increased this number to 117 passing scores and 22 AP Scholars.
  • Indio High School in California, with over 88% of its student body qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, and 48% classified as English Language Learners, saw its AP Scholars increase five times since implementing the program in 2011.  
  • Before 2011, the school was placed on the chronically underperforming schools list. Now, it finds itself on the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools list.

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Additional Issues Under Review

Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:

Public Education

Proficiency Improvements:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Dual Immersion
  4. Special Needs

  1. Low-Performing
  2. Comprehensive

Higher Education

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Graduation Rates
  3. Student Debt Burden
  4. Employment Opportunities

Workforce Development

  1. Economic Growth Modeling

Spanning Every Educational Level

  1. Assessment and Accountability
  2. Student Information Systems
  3. Online Learning, 24/7/365
  4. Broadband Connectivity
  5. Special Education