COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PREPARATION in TENNESSEE: A CASE STUDY OF THE CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL in MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE
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The purpose of this research was to investigate college and career readiness preparation in Tennessee, specifically focusing on the methods teachers and administrators were using at the Central Magnet School (CMS) in Murfreesboro, TN, to meet state academic standards. Additionally, the researcher focused on the strategies CMS was implementing to increase the percentage of “Ready Graduates” which serves as an indicator of the Tennessee ESSA Title 1 Accountability Rating. The qualitative case study focused on three research question, and the researcher incorporated an electronic survey to collect qualitative data. Conclusions included CMS was offering high numbers of advanced placement and dual credit courses, distinguished diplomas, higher graduation status for earning students, research and independent projects, industry networking, and industry internships which were meeting the State of Tennessee’s academic standards. However, industry certifications and the ASVAB assessment were not offered. Six recommendations and 43 references are provided.