Ready Graduate Opportunities
What is a Ready Graduate?
A Ready Graduate is a high school graduate who meets success milestones that increase the probability of seamlessly enrolling in post secondary education and securing high-quality employment.
To be a Ready Graduate, students are encouraged to meet one or more of the following indicators:
- ACT Composite score of 21 or higher
- SAT score of 1060 or higher
- Four Early Post Secondary Opportunities, or EPSOs
- Two EPSOs & pass an industry certification
- Two EPSOs & a 31 on a military entrance exam - the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
What is an Early Post Secondary Opportunity?
An Early Post Secondary Opportunity, or EPSO, is a high school course or program that gives a student the opportunity to gain college credit or industry certification. To earn an EPSO, the student must take the exam corresponding to the course or program and in some cases the student must earn a passing score on the exam to earn an EPSO.
Wilson County Schools offers the following EPSOs in our academic programming:
-Advanced Placement Courses (must complete the course and attempt the exam to earn an EPSO)
-Dual Enrollment Courses (must complete the course to earn an EPSO)
-Statewide Dual Credit Courses (must complete the course and attempt the exam to earn an EPSO)
-Local Dual Credit Courses (must complete the course and attempt the exam to earn an EPSO)
-Industry Certification Exams (must earn a passing score on exam or complete licensure requirements)
Grade Advantages for EPSOs
Students completing Local and Statewide Dual Credit Courses, Capstone Industry Certification-Aligned Courses, and Dual Enrollment Courses will receive an additional 4 points added to their final average. Students completing an Advanced Placement (AP) class will receive an additional 5 points added to their final average.
Final grades in any courses designated as an early postsecondary (EPSO) course, with the exception of local dual credit courses, will be increased by 1.0 quality points. This includes Dual Enrollment Courses, State-Wide Dual Credit Courses, and National Industry Certification Courses.
Final grades in Local Dual Credit courses will be increased by 1.0 quality point, if the student takes the corresponding Local Dual Credit exam. If a student elects not to take the Local Dual Credit Exam, the student will receive an increase to his/her G.P.A. by 0.5 quality points.
Final grades in Advanced Placement Courses will be increased by 1.0 quality point, if the student takes the corresponding Advanced Placement Exam. If a student elects not to take the Advanced Placement Exam, the student will receive an increase to his/her G.P.A. by 0.5 quality points.
*Courses in the Program of Studies will indicate if they are aligned with an EPSO.
*Students who earn a passing score on a College Board CLEP test can also earn an EPSO. Students should contact College Board for additional details on CLEP testing. Wilson County Schools does not provide CLEP teating.
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