Pearson has a new (free, beta) text complexity measurement tool that can be used to analyze the text complexity level of a passage of words. The analysis tool provides a list of “complex text” words in a passage that are deemed to be college and career readiness words.
The analysis also gives a Flesch-Kincaid grade level, a Coleman-Liau Readability score, a Dale-Chall Readability score, and an Automated Readability Index.
Some of the college ready words identified in a sample passage were: “incorporates, fundamentally, and analyses.”
Try it out!
The ACT 2006, indicates that it is facility with reading complex text and NOT critical thinking ability that determines college and career readiness – wow!
According to the ACT 2013 College Readiness Report, only 19% of ACT tested students in New Mexico met the college and career readiness benchmarks (compared to nationally which was 26%).
There is work to do!
Here is a link to the PARCC Assessment materials (provided by Pearson and ETS and their contractors):
Have a nice day!
I have uploaded the 2012-13 federal and state funding formula workbooks here, since the NMHED website is being revised.
2012-13 Federal Funding formula workbook
2012-13 State funding formula workbook
You will need to ask Frances or Michael for the 2013-14 funding formula workbooks.
As can be seen from these charts that show 5 year average level gains by program, every program has strengths that can be used to help other programs improve their performance. (Click on the charts to enlarge them).
The State ABE Division has created a distribution plot that shows the number of annual targets met by program. As you can see, the majority of programs fall below 50% of annual targets met (mean = 38.80), see Chart.
Although this is an improvement over last year, it is obvious that there is considerable work to be done.
You may find reading the various datasets and publications of the Bureau of Labor Statistics informative regarding job projections, economical analyses and regional trends. Click here to access the website.
The Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration has a website devoted to a career pathways toolkit which includes a career pathways readiness assessment and six key elements chart here.