Do, Test, Learn, Share – A Study of Common Measures to Support a College Culture
October 11 │ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Woodward Hines logo ACT logo The Get2College Pilot School Program was designed to increase college access and success using nationally identified best practices and the National College Access Network’s (NCAN) common measures and benchmarks. Beginning the fall of 2015, Get2College has submitted student level data to the Mississippi State University Social Science Research Center to evaluate the program. The goal is to share results of the project as the program is continued through the 2020 school year.

This session focused on the pilot program curriculum and resulting student level data concerning college access and success. Data points included college application completion, FAFSA completion, ACT prep and test scores, and college campus visits.

A small number of Mississippi high schools were selected to participate in the partnership supported by the Mississippi ACT Council. The Council supported relationships with Mississippi Department of Education, State Financial Aid, Community College Board and Institutions of Higher Learning. The Council also provided ACT prep best practices, encouraged data-driven decision making and maintained innovative interactions.

The comprehensive program began with students as they entered the 9th grade and followed them through high school to enhance the college-going rate through intensive, on-site support of the school’s current efforts to help students graduate and continue their education. Supporting administrators, counselors, teachers, students, and parents, the three-pronged approach included workshops, special events, and individual counseling in a consecutive, multi-year partnership.