Academic Readiness: Definition & Assessment

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will define academic readiness, discuss the factors that determine academic readiness, and discuss strategies for supporting and assessing student readiness.

Varying Degrees of Readiness

Imagine you are sitting in an economics class when suddenly, the professor announces that the final grade will be based on the result of a basketball tournament you will have in lieu of class next week. How prepared are you? Are your classmates more or less prepared than you are? Most likely, there would be a mix of people who were up for the challenge and others that lack the knowledge, skill, or athletic ability to play. Similarly, some students in your class are well-prepared for learning to balance chemical equations, while others have not yet acquired the academic readiness to learn that skill. Academic readiness is the degree to which a student is prepared for a learning experience. Let's find out more about factors that impact academic readiness and ways that teachers can assess academic readiness.

Components of Academic Readiness

There are two basic factors that determine the degree to which a student is ready for a learning experience. First of all, a student must have acquired general academic knowledge or skills. For example, in order for a student to be able to understand how to balance chemical equations, they will first need to be able to perform simple calculations, such as adding and multiplying, as well as an understanding of algebraic thinking and terms, like coefficients.

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