A school's comprehensive profile of college and career readiness.

What are the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness?

Through extensive research and years of work in the field, David T. Conley, PhD, and EPIC have identified factors important to college and career readiness that make up the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness. EPIC's Four Keys conceptual framework has been adopted by national organizations such as the College Board, International Baccalaureate®, and by numerous states and school districts.

Key Cognitive Strategies

Problem formulation, research, interpretation, communication, precision/accuracy

Key Content Knowledge

Academic attribution, academic value, student effort, challenge level, structure of knowledge, experience with technology

Key Learning Skills and Techniques

Self-monitoring, learning strategies

Key Transition Knowledge and Skills

Academic awareness, college admissions process, college and career culture, tuition and financial aid

Examining what sets high-performing schools apart

To operationalize the model, EPIC researchers visited 38 high-performing high schools nationwide, focusing on those with students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Since these schools had students attending college at higher-than-predicted rates, researchers examined what set these schools apart from their peers. During site visits, EPIC researchers identified the many strategies being used to foster students' development across the four dimensions of the model.

CampusReady asks administrators, counselors, teachers, and students about the college preparatory strategies shown to be effective to discover areas of strength and weakness in college readiness programs within the school.

What is CampusReady?

CampusReady improves college and career readiness for students through a self-diagnostic online tool that provides data, reports, recommendations, and links to resources that help schools.

CampusReady measures the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness, which are:

  • Key Cognitive Strategies
  • Key Content Knowledge
  • Key Learning Skills and Techniques
  • Key Transition Knowledge and Skills

The system is designed to measure the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness through a web-based diagnostic
that is administered to students, teachers, counselors, and administrators in middle (grades 6-8) and high schools (grades 9-12) and results in detailed reports and resources that allow schools to take immediate action to improve student performance.

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Why do we need CampusReady?

CampusReady helps prepare students for college and careers.

Educators around the nation are using the CampusReady diagnostic and resources to develop students' knowledge, skills, and behaviors that prepare them for college and career and lead to academic success. Just taking CampusReady provides faculty and staff with new ideas for developing college readiness among students as they respond to diagnostic items, which were identified as effective practices in a nationwide study. CampusReady cultivates a common understanding and vocabulary of college readiness that includes skills, behaviors, and techniques over which schools have meaningful control. The resulting detailed reports and custom list of resources allow schools to take immediate action to improve student performance.

CampusReady provides data impossible to access with traditional measures.

CampusReady provides educators with information that is difficult to access with traditional measures and cut scores. It provides schools with an awareness of what it means to be college and career ready at a detailed level beyond content knowledge. Using the participants' responses, CampusReady compiles detailed reports that can help schools and districts:

CampusReady does not replace or compete with existing state assessments.

CampusReady enables educators to make data-driven decisions by providing targeted resources and actionable information. It is meant to provide action, as it's founded on variables that schools have control over and can affect. Results and reports help schools to launch, prioritize, and support their college and career readiness goals.

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CampusReady improves college and career readiness for students through a self-diagnostic online tool that provides data, reports, recommendations, and links to resources that help schools.

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CampusReady Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to implement and administer CampusReady?

Teachers, counselors, and administrators at a school spend approximately 60–90 minutes and students spend approximately 45 minutes completing CampusReady over the course of a three-week window. EPIC recommends scheduling approximately six weeks to plan and administer CampusReady to ensure a smooth implementation.

For which grade levels is CampusReady available?

CampusReady is available for middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12).

Who is CampusReady administered to?

The following populations participate in CampusReady:

What are other requirements for participation?

The following activities are required for participation:

How many students have taken CampusReady?

As of Spring 2012, more than 34,000 students, teachers, counselors, and administrators have taken CampusReady. This represents more than 100 schools across the country.

What are the technical requirements to use the online system?

Supported browsers are: Mozilla Firefox 4-22; Safari 4-6; Chrome 20; and Internet Explorer 8 and 9.

Our online tools and systems require JavaScript be enabled and cookies to be supported to function correctly. Users with these features disabled may be able to access the CCRS; however, they may not be able to experience the full functionality of some tools.