College Readiness Initiative

The vast majority of living-wage jobs require education beyond a high school diploma, yet far too many Washington students struggle in college. More than half need remediation classes before advancing to the credit-bearing courses needed to attain credentials that will help them reach their career goals.

Low-income students face even more challenging odds: one recent report found that only 21% of low-income college graduates are adequately prepared for college level work (as indicated by test scores and high school transcript), compared to a 54% college readiness rate for middle- and upper-class students.

To help more low-income students graduate from high school college-ready, College Spark is investing $9.5 million in a nine-year initiative supporting two promising programs: Navigation 101 and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

Up to $1.5 million per year will be provided to Navigation 101, AVID, and participating districts to help low-income schools fully implement the Navigation 101 and AVID programs.  Funding will also support ten districts in implementing additional stratgies to increase access to and success in rigorouse courses, such as those offered through dual credit programs

Read how Navigation 101 and AVID compare and differ.

For more information about our investment in this initiative, please contact Senior Program Officer Heather Gingerich.

1. Raising Graduation Rates in an Era of High Standards: Five Commitments for State Action, 2008