Ensuring College Readiness is a Parental Responsibility Too

Multicultural Youth_girl2 resizedWhen it comes to the topic of college readiness, most families expect the responsibility rests solely with the local schools. They look to teachers to determine is a child is ready. They look to student assessments to validate the teachers’ observations. And they see the high school diploma as the proof that their children are ready for postsecondary studies.

Student success, though, is a team effort. It requires educators working with parents and many others to ensure that kids have the knowledge and skills necessary to continue pursuing their college and career goals. And as U.S. News & World Report recently explained, there are some key items that parents can and should be on the lookout for when it comes to knowing if their children are indeed college ready.

For those parents who may have concerns that their child isn’t ready for the challenges of postsecondary education, U.S. News & World Report offers three “red flags” parents should be on the lookout for. These three items, which parents should watch for well before their kids start looking forward to high school graduation, include:

      1. Your teen consistently struggles on key academic skills, including essay writing, math problem solving, or basic algebra
      2. Your teen is lacking non-academic skills, like independence, responsibility, and self-advocacy, that are critical for undergraduate success
      3. Your teen isn’t reading enough


Parents must be an active part of their children’s education. Only by watching for these warning signs – and communicating with teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators – can they help ensure their kids are on the path for college and career success.

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