JFYNet College Readiness
Accuplacer was adopted by Massachusetts in 1998 as its statewide college placement standard. Alternative methods of math placement have been piloted in the past year, but Accuplacer remains in statewide use in English Language Arts and in math. For purposes of high school college readiness, it embodies the skill standards required by Massachusetts higher education.
We administer the state-mandated Accuplacer college placement exam and enroll students in an online curriculum tailored to their individual needs. By integrating our instruction with regular math and English classes, we maximize classroom time and teacher expertise to focus on the particular skills needed for college success. At the conclusion of instruction, we re-administer the Accuplacer test. We send passing scores directly to colleges, exempting students from corresponding remedial courses. Our use of the Accuplacer, integration into the school curriculum, and direct conversion of program results into remedial exemptions are unique among college-focused services.
How JFYNetWorks differs from other College Readiness Programs
✓ Focusing on academic skills needed for college-level work.
✓ Targeting students generally not served by other programs – GPA below 2.5, low MCAS scores.
✓ Focusing on community college as the most viable pathway for low-income students.
✓ Focusing on the Accuplacer – the gateway community college standard — rather than the SAT.
✓ Community colleges accept Accuplacer score reports from JFY. Students do not have to take the tests again.
✓ Students benefit from individualized instruction targeted to their learning needs. Blended learning enables JFY to scale the program.
✓ Working with teachers and students in their regular academic classes ensures the program’s alignment with the regular curriculum.
✓ Working as a classroom partner with public school teachers in a collaborative model.
✓ JFYNet is the only program of its kind in Massachusetts, and the largest college readiness program in Greater Boston.
Ultimately, our goal is to make JFYNet available to every high school student who needs help reaching college and career-ready standards. We quantify this target population in Massachusetts at 7500—the annual total of high school graduates enrolled in remedial courses in our state higher education system.