The CollegeEd Program
The CollegeEd program utilizes the College Board's more than 100 years of experience in guiding students on the path to college success within the program's lessons, activities and online resources while providing flexible options for teaching, implementation and family involvement.
CollegeEd contains the following components:
- Student Workbooks for middle school, grades 9 and 10 and grades 11 and 12, introducing college planning
and career exploration concepts and engaging students in activities to help develop their skills
- Educator Guides available for each level, containing instructional planning and support features in a
user-friendly wraparound design
- Help Make College a Reality: A Family Guide to College Planning designed to encourage parent and guardian
involvement in each stage of their child's college planning and preparation (also available in Spanish)
- CollegeEd Online access and robust Web-based resources, including videos and other content from
Download the CollegeEd brochure for more on the key features and benefits of these materials.
Self & Career Exploration
Through a unique collaboration with RoadtripNation.org, CollegeEd provides students an opportunity to reflect on and develop the long-term aspirations that help direct their paths through higher education and through life. RoadtripNation.org is devoted to helping students define their own roads in life by looking past the "noise" in their lives and discovering their own passions. With an extensive library of video interviews featuring individuals who have achieved success in a wide range of fields, RoadtripNation.org inspires students to plan their futures and focus on the steps needed to reach their goals.
Based on Rigorous Core Standards
Based on rigorous standards, including the College Board Standards for College Success™, the Partnership for 21st–Century Skills Framework, and the American School Counselor Ethical Standards for School Counselors, CollegeEd helps students develop the core skills in research, reading, writing and communication that are necessary for success in college and beyond.
College Board Standards for College Success
The College Board Standards for College Success define, across multiple disciplines, the knowledge and skills students need to develop and master. These standards outline a clear and coherent pathway to succeeding in Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses and college readiness, with the goal of increasing the number and diversity of students who are prepared not only to enroll in college, but to succeed in college and 21st–century careers. These rigorous standards:
- Provide a model set of comprehensive standards for middle school and high school courses that lead to
college and workplace readiness.
- Reflect 21st–century skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and media and
- Articulate clear objectives with supporting, in-depth performance expectations to guide
instruction and curriculum development.
- Provide teachers, districts and states with tools for increasing the rigor and alignment of courses across
grades six–12 through college and workplace readiness.
- Assist teachers in designing lessons and classroom assessments.
Partnership for 21st–Century Skills Framework
The Partnership for 21st–Century Skills has created a framework outlining the skills students should master in order to successfully engage in real-world problem solving. The following core 21st–century skill groups are emphasized in the CollegeEd program:
- Life and career skills.
- Learning and innovation skills.
- Information, media and technology skills.
American School Counselor Association (ASCA): The Ethical Standards for School Counselors
ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal, social and career development, so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.1 ASCA's Ethical Standards for School Counselors have also been used in the development of the CollegeEd program to further enable teachers and school counselors in preparing students for college and careers.
1Language adapted from ASCA website: http://www.schoolcounselor.org
CollegeEd's modular lessons can be delivered in segments of as few as 25 minutes of instructional time. Optional lesson extensions help continue to build student ownership of the college planning process, both inside and outside of class. In addition, the rigorous, standards-based content reinforces the writing, reading, critical thinking and presentation skills students need to be successful in AP courses, in college, and in life.
CollegeEd offers a flexible assessment infrastructure to ensure that students master the concepts covered. Student progress can be monitored and supported through:
- Embedded instructional exercises facilitating student reflection and
demonstrating understanding of the program content in every lesson
through writing, discussion and presentation.
- A pool of assessment items enabling the easy construction of custom
formative, or summative assessments, or both.
- Attitudinal surveys providing direct feedback on student beliefs and assumptions about college that can be
delivered before and after their participation in the CollegeEd program.
- An option allowing students to build a college-planning and career portfolio.
The CollegeEd program offers a robust array of online resources to help educators implement the program in their schools and districts. It provides assistance to educators as they execute the day-to-day steps of classroom teaching and monitoring student achievement.
The program includes a secure website that contains tools, resources and information for both teachers and students. The site features online lesson extensions and opportunities for further exploration of key college planning and career- exploration concepts.
CollegeEd helps students discover when, where and how to leverage the Web as they plan for college and their future.
Educators can use the site to:
- Monitor and support student online activities, including tracking completed assignments.
- Download instructional resources.
- Develop customized formative and summative assessments.
- Access guidance on program features and implementation strategies.
Family Support Resources
Help Your Child Make College a Reality: A Family Guide to College Planning
provides background on the value of college and career planning and the importance of family engagement in the process. Available in English and Spanish, it offers parents and guardians the information they need to become supportive partners in their child's journey.
Further opportunities for students to involve family, friends and community members are embedded throughout CollegeEd lessons, allowing for a range of opinions and support to enter the college planning process.
CollegeEd in Action
School and districts nationwide use the rigorous, flexible, standards-based CollegeEd program to help develop and maintain a culture of high expectations.
Learn who's using CollegeEd and why.