“X Factor” for College Readiness: Student Motivation and Goals


High school coursework and good grades play a significant role in college readiness, but they aren’t the only factors. 

Other student and school characteristics can affect preparedness, including Student Motivation and Goals.

Research shows that middle school students who have higher motivation scores earn higher grades during high school. This reinforces the importance of early identification of students with low motivation.

Learn more in one of our latest eBooks, The “X Factors” of College Readiness. Other “X Factors” in the eBook include:

  • Parent Involvement
  • Social Engagement
  • Perceptions of Education
  • Economic and Cultural Makeup of Student Body
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

By paying close attention to these “X Factors,” your school can help students become more ready for college, and set them up for a lifetime of success.

eBook: The X Factors of College Readiness