Research Brief

Undermeasuring: College and Career Readiness Indicators May Not Reflect College and Career Outcomes

This research from All4Ed addresses concerns about college and career readiness by analyzing statewide data on readiness, college enrollment, and remediation rates for recent high school graduates. The findings expose disparities, particularly for students of color, who face obstacles in accessing and preparing for higher education. Black and Latinx students, compared to their White peers, exhibit lower rates of college and career readiness and college enrollment. Moreover, the report identifies that many states' readiness indicators may "undermeasure" students' postsecondary potential, leading to a mismatch between preparedness and college enrollment. The report recommends that policymakers, as school accountability systems resume post-pandemic, scrutinize data and enhance readiness indicators to better reflect the diverse skills and knowledge necessary for student success.