Ready by 21: Results Based Planning for Communities Using Ready by 21 Standards and Strategies This slide deck resource applies the Ready by 21 Assertions to RBA planning for communities. Readiness for and success in college, work and life are determined by more than academic success in high school. Therefore: Investments in readiness should start before birth and continue into the mid‐twenties. Indicators of readiness should include not only measures of academic success and risky behaviors and circumstances, but also measures of developmental competencies.. Improvements in readiness require improvements in the Settings and systems where young people spend their time. The capacity for improvement rests within the community’s leaders – individuals from youth and family members to volunteers to elected officials who regularly take the initiative to spark change. Download the complete presentation here.