Glenbard North Panthers The Class of 2016 Tonight’s Program *What are colleges looking for? *What does the PLAN score mean? *Why should I care? *How can I help my child to be successful? What are colleges looking for? • Solid GPA and/or Class rank • Challenging classes (honors & A.P.) • Solid ACT/SAT scores • Extracurricular & outside activities EPAS Testing • Explore - 8th grade (25 possible) • Plan - 10th grade (32 possible) • ACT - 11th grade (36 possible) Explore: Building the Base Plan: The Building takes Shape ACT: The Building is Complete Average Scoring Ranges Test Average Scoring Range Explore Test 13-16 Plan Test 16-19 ACT 18-22 Average Growth on Tests Tests Average growth Explore - Plan 2-3 points Plan - ACT 2-4 points Explore - ACT 4-6 points University of Illinois Northwestern University What if I plan to go to C.O.D.? • C.O.D. uses ACT/PSAE for placement • High school grades are used for placement • If I have done poorly in high school and on the ACT/PSAE - then I might have to take remediation classes where I do not receive college credit at C.O.D. How can I grow more than expected? • Work hard in school • Read outside of school • Take honors and A.P. classes • Take a Test prep class junior year Why does Reading matter? Independent Typical % on Reading minutes Achievement per day tests Words read per year 1 minute Bottom 10% 8,000 10 minutes Top 30% 622,000 21 minutes Top 10% 1,823,000 65 minutes Top 2% 4,358,000 Reading Differences Over Time Over the course of 11 years, a student reading 20 minutes a day will read 9,000,000 more words than a student reading 10 minutes day!!! Education Level & Yearly Income High School Drop Out $23,400 High School Graduate $30,400 Associate Degree (2 years) $38,200 Bachelor’s Degree (4 year) $52,200 Master’s Degree $62,300 Student #1 Test Score Comment Explore 13 Wants to attend 4 year college, Explore score is middle range of North students Plan test 16 Solid progress, projects to a 18-20 ACT, grades are slipping, other things more important than school ACT 14 Little effort on test or in school, no involvement, options lessening Future Outlook Will not graduate with H.S. class, possibly attend C.O.D. after getting degree Student #2 Test Score Comment Explore 13 Wants to attend 4 year college, Explore score is middle range of North students Plan test 17 Solid progress, projects to a 18-21 ACT, working hard in school ACT 21 Tremendous effort in school, took A.P. class and test prep class & got involved in several clubs Future Outlook Will attend NIU in the fall The Growth Mindset believes… Basic qualities can be cultivated through effort Significant improvement is possible Life is a learning experience The journey is more important than the outcome Setbacks are part of the process Challenges are exciting Which of these do you see in your school? 20 Value of struggle “So often when something comes quickly to a student, we say, “Oh, you’re really good at this.” The message there is, “I think you’re smart when you do something that doesn’t require any effort or you haven’t challenged yourself.” Someone said to me recently, “In your culture, struggle is a bad word,” and I thought, that’s right. We talk about it as an unfortunate thing, but when you think about a career in science or math … of course you struggle. That’s the name of the game! If you’re going to discover something new or invent something new, it’s a struggle. So I encourage educators to celebrate that, to say, “Who had a fantastic struggle? Tell me about your struggle!” — Carol Dweck 21 Catastrophizing I failed the exam I won’t pass the class I’m not going to graduate from high school I am a loser! Path to Success Typical Path of Success How can you communicate “struggle as normal” to your students? Discouragement, Quitting Three Key Messages 1. All great things worth accomplishing have ups and downs along the way. 2. How we respond to failure and mistakes will define our success more than our talent or smarts. 3. Effort wins in the long run over ability. 24 Growth Messages I cannot fail, I can only learn and grow. All great champions are comeback artists. 25 The Race 26 Sophomore Year: Opportunity Knocks • Still enough time to… • Improve grades • Take harder classes • Get involved in school • READ!!! READ!!! READ!!!