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Setting college as the goal and mapping backward

With college readiness as its stake in the ground, MCPS established benchmarks from early childhood through high school graduation that form a path to college success. Dubbed a “value chain approach” by Harvard University, this backward mapping by MCPS set up a string of educational activities, all aimed at adding value to meet the end goal. Building on its own 2004 indicators, the district now uses Seven Keys to College Readiness to push achievement levels more ambitious than those set by the State of Maryland. The keys to college readiness call for students district-wide to:


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