Interested in understanding how ready your students are for high school?

Each year, we seek to measure how familiar middle school students are with college and career topics. We do this through a college and career knowledge assessment (formerly known as the High School Readiness Survey). The survey is now open. To participate, please fill out this survey so we can understand how your school provides college and career readiness instruction. After you complete the survey, you will receive an assessment link to share with students. 

Your participation in the study means Texans will be better able to understand how our state is doing when it comes to high school, college, and career readiness. Providing middle school students with instruction that prepares them for high school, college, and career is a goal of 2015's HB 18. 

If you plan to participate in the assessment, we strongly recommend you download and use the most recent edition of the College and Career Readiness Curriculum, released summer 2020.

Participate in the Assessment

 

What's in it for you

By participating, you'll be able to assess the effectiveness of your middle school college and career instruction. With data from the study, you can better align future instruction with students’ most critical needs. We are able to send campus and district reports to participating schools and districts who request them. These reports provide a snapshot of your students’ high school readiness. Please note: we are unable to provide reports to campuses or districts that have fewer than 30 students complete the survey.

 

Participation details and requirements

To participate in the study, you will need to administer two assessments to the same set of students at two different points during the year. These assessments are meant to be given to students who are completing college and career readiness lessons. You will administer the assessments before and after students complete the instruction. We also ask the teachers and/or counselors who are instructing the students and administering the assessment to answer a short series of questions.

Length of instruction Pre-instruction Assessment Dates Post-instruction Assessment Dates Growth Reports Distributed
1 semester fall course 8/17/20–10/2/20

11/9/20–12/18/20

2/3/21
1 semester spring course

1/11/21–2/19/21

4/9/21–5/21/21

6/23/21
Year-long course 8/17/20–10/2/20

4/12/21–5/21/21

6/23/21

 

The pre-instruction assessment opens August 17, 2020 and will close October 2, 2020. Each assessment should each take 20–30 minutes for students to complete. To administer the pre-instruction assessment to students, fill out the form below. We will provide you with a survey link for you to share with students. Please do not have students fill out the form below!

The assessment covers the  following topics:   

  • The creation of a high school personal graduation plan
  • The Distinguished Level of Achievement for graduation
  • Each of the five endorsement options
  • College readiness standards
  • Potential career choices and the education needed to enter those careers

If you have specific questions about how we’ve developed the survey, please contact Matt Giani, director of data and research, at matt.giani@austin.utexas.edu.  

 

How to participate

The survey is now open. To participate, please fill out this survey so we can understand how your school provides college and career readiness instruction. After you complete the survey, you will receive an assessment link to share with students. 

Participate in the Assessment