Redefining Ready: Getting Kids to Dream Beyond High School

April 24, 2018, by Jimmy Minichello

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Two years ago, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, launched Redefining Ready!, new research-based metrics to assess the readiness of high school graduates to thrive beyond high school and college.  

This leadership program, comprised of more than 50 school districts, is designed to help participants learn how to implement Redefining Ready! within their districts and states. That’s why approximately 80 superintendents and other school district cabinet officials are meeting in Virginia Beach this week—to find out ways to make students dream beyond high school graduation.

redefining ready spring 2018 meeting 2“That’s the key,” said David Schuler, superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill. Serving as lead instructor for the program, he told the participants in his welcoming remarks yesterday, “When you think about the goal of our work, there has to be one thing—change the trajectory of our students’ journeys and their families’ lives. Get kids dreaming differently.”

“Standardized test scores — traditionally used as the primary readiness indicator — do not always provide an accurate representation of our students' potential,” said Schuler, the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year®. “Our readiness indicators will open doors for more students to pursue their personal goals with confidence.”

Redefining Ready! is changing the narrative about public education, so educational decision makers would use more than test scores to define the success of public education and our students. “Allowing somebody else to define what’s ready in your district devalues your work, the work of your teachers, the work of the kids and the work of their parents,” said Schuler.

redefining ready spring 2018 meeting 3Virginia Beach City Schools is serving as the host school district during the meeting. On Tuesday, attendees will visit two schools in the district—the Advanced Technology Center and Green Run High School.

The meeting is sponsored by Panorama, Naviance by Hobsons and Forecast5 Analytics.

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

To join the conversation via twitter, access #RedefiningReady.

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