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The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) is dedicated to ensuring all students graduate high school ready for success in college and careers. Strategies supported include state work-based learning initiatives, peer-to-peer networks, career pathways modules, and incorporating college and career readiness in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) planning.

Learn more about the College and Career Readiness and Success Center's current resources and projects here:


How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities: Considerations for States
Resource Type: Publication
2018 PDF (pdf)
This resource explores how states can leverage ESSA and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to promote college and career readiness for students with disabilities through high expectations and access to the general curriculum, a well-round education, career pathways and transition planning, personalized and competency-based learning, subgroup accountability, and alignment across policies and programs.
Essential Questions: Using Geographic Information Systems Maps to Inform Work-Based Learning Decisions
Resource Type: Practice guide
2018 PDF (pdf)
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center has collaborated with several state and local agencies to produce custom-designed maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help leadership teams contextualize their WBL initiatives, that is, to develop a more precise understanding of how resources and socioeconomic factors are distributed.
Promoting College and Career Readiness Through Accountability Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Resource Type: Presentation
2017 PDF (pdf)
This webinar presents information on promoting college and career readiness through accountability, particularly as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Topics include the urgency of promoting college and career readiness; criteria for selecting readiness indicators, and the use of a college/career indicator in the state of California, Oklahoma’s focus on college and career readiness, and Delaware’s college and career readiness definitions.
Why Is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Important for Employment Success for Students With Disabilities?
Resource Type: Infographic
2017 PDF (pdf)
This infographic highlights how participation and concentration in career and technical education programs can help improve readiness and success in college and careers for students with disabilities.
Work-Based Learning Initiative
Type: Project
State(s): Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma
This initiative is organized around four state-led, peer-to-peer networks that focus on specific work-based learning (WBL) priorities; promote cross-state learning; and engage external WBL experts.
Grow Your Own: Lessons Learned From the Field
Type: Project
State(s): Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin
This project supports states and districts in designing and implementing a Grow Your Own teacher pipeline program.