School System Leaders Address College & Career Readiness as Part of AASA’s Redefining Ready Consortium


James Minichello 
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Alexandria, Va. – April 20, 2018 – School system leaders from across the country will converge in Virginia Beach, April 23-24, as part of the 2018-19 AASA Redefining Ready! initiative. 

Launched two years ago, this leadership program introduces new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are ready to pursue their lifelong goals and dreams following post-secondary education. The gathering will be hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Panorama, Naviance by Hobsons and Forecast5 Analytics.

"Our high schools are brimming with innovators — students driven by ideas and dreams. It's up to us to make sure those dreams become reality," said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. "This initiative focuses on the key indicators that will create more pathways so students will become college ready, career ready and life ready. I applaud the AASA members who will attend this important meeting."

David R. Schuler, the 2018 AASA National Superintendent of the Year ® and superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill., will serve as lead teacher during the cohort meeting. "Standardized test scores — traditionally used as the primary readiness indicator — do not always provide an accurate representation of our students' potential," he said. "Our readiness indicators will open doors for more students to pursue their personal goals with confidence. I am very excited about the Virginia Beach cohort meeting."

"Under David's leadership, this program cuts to the core of reimagining solutions — so students can fulfill their dreams, not only to become ready for college, but succeed in whatever post-secondary institution they enroll in," added Domenech.

The new readiness indicators, developed from research by world-class organizations, more accurately reflect the educational landscape of the 21st century. Multiple metrics include Advanced Placement courses, Algebra II, early college credits, industry credentials, attendance and community service, among others.

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Redefining Ready! web page. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services, at or Debbie Magee, program manager, at


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit