AEA PREP assists districts in accessing and analyzing various readiness data. These include the Iowa School Performance Profiles (ISPP) and the Postsecondary Readiness Index
Iowa students demonstrate readiness in several ways, including academic content knowledge, transition skills, learning and cognitive strategies, and self-understanding and engagement. While most students meet Iowa’s academic proficiency standards, less than 40% meet college and career readiness benchmarks in both reading and math. Those students enter into costly and time-consuming developmental education pathways. Additionally, with Iowa’s student to counselor ratio of 411:1, students often lack access to essential counseling and advising support needed to set and achieve postsecondary transition goals. The American School Counselor Association recommends 250:1, and Iowa Code indicates districts should work toward no more than 350:1. Students must be prepared academically, socially, and emotionally, and schools must work to ensure equitable access to transition supports for all students.
<40% of Iowa HS graduates are college ready
12% of Iowa students w/IEPs are college ready
3% of Iowa schools: counselor ratios < 250:1
28% of Iowa schools: counselor ratios < 350:1