The Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) and College Readiness
College and Career Readiness begins before a student walks into a school building.  Parents can emphasize and set the expectations that students are expected to do well and be prepared for any post-graduation option they choose. 

Formal college and career readiness testing begin in the fall of the 8th grade with the EXPLORE test.  The EXPLORE test is a national test given in the state of Kentucky at grade 8.  These test results serve as an indicator of high school readiness, and are a prredictor of success on both the PLAN and ACT tests.  There are four sections to the EXPLORE test:  English, Math, Reading, and Science.  Results of the EXPLORE test let you compare your child's scores with their peers across the nation. 

The PLAN test is given in the fall of the 10th grade year.  Like the EXPLORE test, the PLAN test has four sub tests in the subjects of English, Math, Reading, and Science.  The PLAN serves as a midpoint measure of academic progress in ACT's College and Career Readiness System.  The PLAN results can be used to look at your child's academic progress.  It also provides information on career and training options that match a students interests and academic skills. 

In Kentucky, the ACT test is given to all students in the spring of thier junior year.  The ACT is also offered at RCHS on all National Testing Dates.  Many students take the ACT numerous times to raise thier scores and increase thier scholarship and college admission opportunities.  It is recommended that all juniors take the ACT in October or December of their junior year.  The test format is the same as the EXPLORE and the PLAN.  Students need to reach benchmark scores to be considered Collee and Career Ready and to be admitted into credit bearing college courses. 

As a result of Kentucky Senate Bill 1, juniors that do not meet the KY Council for Post Secondary Education (CPE) benchmarksmust recieve remediation in the subjects(s) they did not meet benchmarks in and then take the ACT or COMPASSS test during their senior year. 

Minimum benchmark scores for students to be deemed College And Career Ready for Kentucky colleges:
          ACT ENGLISH     18
          ACT MATH         19
          ACT READING     20
          ACT SCIENCE      24

Obtaining these scores indicates that a student will be considered to be "college ready" at a public college in Kentucky. 
Students that do not meet benchmarks may be admitted into a college but will need to take remedial classes that cost money but that do not count towards their degree completion. 

These minimum scores indicat that a student is on track to be considered College and Career Ready. 

Benchmark scores are the minumum scores needed on the ACT subject area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit- bearing college courses.






















Information concerning the EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT tests has been provided by the EPAS system's website

www.actstudent .org/explore
ACT Scores for Admission/Benchmark Sub Scores    

 School Name                                      Composite Score (Average)                              ACT Benchmarks

Bellarmine University                                                ACT composite of 22-27                                                         English      18
Bluegrass Community and Technical College     Not required for admission but you will take a placement test       Math      22
Brown Mackie College                                                Flexible (Community College)                                                 Reading     21
Centre College                                                           ACT composite of 26-30                                                         Science    24
Cincinnati State                                                         Flexible (Community College)
Eastern Kentucky University                                      ACT composite of 18
Georgetown College                                                   ACT composite of 27
Sullivan University                                                    Flexible (Community College)                                                 PLAN Benchmarks
Kentucky Wesleyan College                                       ACT composite of 25                                                               English      15
Morehead State University                                        ACT composite of 18                                                                Math      19
Murray State University                                            ACT composite of 18                                                                Reading     17
Northern Kentucky University                                  ACT composite of 19-24                                                           Science    21
Thomas More College                                                ACT composite of 19-25                                
Transylvania University                                            ACT composite of 26-30
University of Cincinnati                                            ACT composite of 21 (writing portion of ACT required)
University of Louisville                                              ACT composite of 21
University of Kentucky                                              ACT composite of 21
Western Kentucky University                                    ACT composite of 20
Xavier University                                                      ACT composite 22-27

Data Representation Objectives: 

  • Be able to recognize basic concepts and features of a reading passage. 
  • Be able to critically examine the relationships between various pieces of information in a passage and to relate the given material to conclusions and theories developed in a particular question.  
  • Be able to read, understand and analyze material presented as tables or graphs.
  • Be able to make inferences from data given in the form of tables and graphs, and to determine the validity of different hypotheses.
  • Be able to formulate conclusions, make predictions, and derive new information from facts provided in a passage or table/graph. 

Classroom Resources:

  • Be able to recognize basic concepts and features of a reading passage. 

Online Resources:

  • Be able to recognize basic concepts and features of a reading passage.