Naviance makes college and career planning tools available to students and their parents. Additionally, Naviance CCLR Live offers many free courses to help students develop the skills needed to be successful after high school.
College & career readiness
College readiness refers to the knowledge, skills and behaviors a student should have after graduating from high school as they prepare to enter their freshmen year of college.
Are you ready for college?
College readiness assessments and the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
The state of Texas requires that students take college readiness assessments to determine if they are ready for college before they can take any college classes. There are three college assessments that can determine a student’s level of college readiness:
Students who meet College Readiness standards established by the state of Texas can seamlessly transition to college without requiring remediation classes. Remediation classes cost students both time and money since they have to pay for courses that do not apply to a degree or certification before accessing the college-level classes they need to take.
What scores are needed to be considered College Ready?
To be considered College Ready, students should earn the following scores on one of the college readiness assessments:
> 480 on Evidenced Based Reading & Writing
> 19 on English AND > 23 Composite Score
19+ on Mathematics AND 23+ Composite Score
> 340–390 on the multiple-choice Writing section AND a 4 on the essay
310–339 on the multiple-choice Writing section AND a score of 4, 5, or 6 on the ABE Diagnostic section, AND an essay score of 5
Included in verbal score
Preparing for the assessments
There are plenty of tools to get ready for your tests.
The TSI-Assessment is a college readiness test. There are three test sections: Reading, Writing, and Math. The tests are NOT timed, so take your time and do your best
TSI-A Boost Camps
In these after school sessions, students will participate in strategic, targeted skills review sessions that will incorporate TSI-A test taking strategies. These sessions are intended for students who are close to meeting the college readiness standards but would like to prepare before taking the TSI-A. Students who make a passing score on the TSI-A for each section are considered college ready.
Khan Academy Official SAT Practice
Link your PSAT or SAT scores to Khan Academy Official SAT Practice and work through your individualized plan. Scoring at level three on each of the targeted skills indicates college readiness, so work through each skill till you reach level three! The skills needed to succeed on SAT can help with the TSI-A as well.
Free Online TSI-A Practice Tests
PSAT and SAT
The PSAT and SAT are two tests designed to measure college and career readiness. When students do well on these tests they can qualify for academic recognition programs and increase their chance of getting a scholarship.
Students can prepare for success by taking advantage of Khan Academy and district boot camp events. Some top scoring students may also have the option to participate in one of our invitation-only test prep programs.
For more information about these tests and the benefits of taking them, visit the PSAT and SAT page.
Find out more about this free online resource and how students should set up and link their accounts to maximize potential on the Khan Academy instructional resource page.
PSAT/SAT Boot Camps
We offer free boot camps in the fall and spring to help students learn techniques for answering test questions and preparing for the PSAT and SAT. Students take a pre- and post-test as well as attend two boot camp sessions a week.
See the PSAT/SAT Boot Camp page for more information.
ACT and ASVAB
The ACT is a standardized college admission test similar to the SAT. Like the SAT, the ACT measures college and career readiness. The ACT covers English, Reading, Math and Science abilities as well as an option direct writing test. Doing well on this test can help students qualify for academic recognition programs and increase chances of getting a scholarship.
The Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery test, or ASVAB, is a multiple choice test used by the United States Military to measure readiness for enlisitng in the Army. It measures verbal, math, science, technical, and spatial domains to help see what jobs best suit you in the armed forces.
Students can study for the ACT, ASVAB, PSAT, SAT, and TSI-A using the app Shmoop. Shmoop is perfect for practicing with the tests. To access the Shmoop Test Prep Suite:
- Log in the Shmoop via Ready Hub.
- Sign in with your GISD credentials.
- Find and click on "My Stuff", and select "Test Prep Passes".
- Pick your test and start preparing.
What is postsecondary education?
Postsecondary education happens after you graduate from high school. It doesn't always mean getting a bachelor's degree at a four-year college. Continuing your education looks different from person to person. Getting an associates degree or certification in your field is also a form of postsecondary education.
By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require some postsecondary education - Center on Education and the Workforce
This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows how your level of education can impact your potential earnings and possibility of unemployment.