High school students and their parents in the Long Beach Unified School District will receive customized College Readiness Guides starting next week. The guides – based upon each student’s course history, grade point average, test scores and other factors – provide an overview of readiness for various California public colleges and universities, along with suggested next steps for students and parents.
The aim of the seven-page reports is to take the mystery out of college preparation. The guides were created with feedback from parents who wanted practical, “how-to” information on college readiness.
“These guides can be a game changer, especially for families whose children are the first to apply to college,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said. “Even for college-educated parents, helping their children navigate the college preparation process can be daunting. We’re eliminating a barrier so that more students can realize their college potential.”
The new guides will be issued twice during this school year. The first round starts next week, with students in grades 9 through 12 receiving reports. Next semester, students in grades 8 to 11 will receive reports. LBUSD staff debuted the guides during a presentation at last week’s regular Board of Education meeting. View a sample guide.
Students will be able to view their own reports online in their StudentVUE portal. Parents can review their children’s reports in the ParentVUE portal. High school counseling staff and other personnel also will be able to access individual reports when assisting students with college planning.
Among the data in the guides is each student’s progress toward meeting graduation requirements and the “A-G” requirements for admission to the University of California and California State University systems. Customized eligibility reports show selected CSU, UC and California Community College campuses – plotted on a map of California – where the student is on track for admission. The map further shows four levels of readiness for admission: strongly on track, on track, approaching on track, and not on track.
Suggested next steps in the report might include taking the SAT, using online Khan Academy SAT prep tutorials, attending college fairs, revisiting college planning and learning more about financial aid. Related resources, including school contacts, also are provided. In addition, students in grades 11 and 12 may see contact information for potential mentors who once attended high school here and are now attending colleges and universities that the current high school student has designated as a preferred school.
The school district plans to continue refining the guides in upcoming years, supplementing college readiness information with resources on potential career opportunities and pathways.